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Milliken & Co. acquires safety apparel fabric-maker

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Published Sept. 8, 2015

Milliken & Co. has acquired Springfield LLC, a U.S. manufacturer of protective and industrial fabrics.

Springfield LLC is based in Jericho, N.Y., and has offices in Rock Hill and manufacturing facilities in Gaffney and Lyman.

Milliken did not disclose terms of the acquisition.

“Springfield is excited to join a strong values-based company with a rich heritage of innovation,” said Ed Shogan, CEO, Springfield LLC. “By combining our collective technical expertise, market insights and supplier relationships, we will continue to deliver exceptional products and services to the work wear and military-fabrics markets.”

The Gaffney facility will “operate as is,” while the Lyman plant will be consolidated with Milliken’s finishing facilities in Blacksburg and in Sylvania, Ga., according to Milliken spokeswoman Barbara Haaksma. She said Milliken hopes to retain “as many employees as want to work with Milliken.” She said there are 125 employed at the facility in Lyman.

According to Milliken, the acquisition is “the latest initiative in Milliken’s expanding presence in global industrial work wear and military fabrics.”

“With this acquisition, we will further improve the user experience for industrial workers, first responders and military personnel with performance-driven protective apparel that does not sacrifice comfort or safety,” said Joe Salley, president and CEO of Milliken & Co.

Springfield LLC manufactures flame-resistant and non-flame-resistant fabrics in addition to advanced-engineered textiles. According to its website, the company “is a textile manufacturer specializing in the development and production of a wide array of military, FR (flame resistant) and work uniform woven fabric.”

Springfield also had custom development, weaving, dyeing and finishing.

“Springfield’s expertise is an excellent complement to our existing products and capabilities,” said Jeff Price, president, specialty fabrics division, Milliken & Co. “It further enables Milliken to deliver valuable, comprehensive textile solutions designed to improve comfort, protection and safety.”

Milliken has 39 manufacturing facilities located in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, France and China. The company employs nearly 7,000 according to its website. Earlier in September, the company announced it had acquired the assets of Australia-based Ontera Modular Carpets Pty. Ltd., a manufacturer of commercial modular carpet.

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