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Lava USA opens fabric plant in York County
Sep '10
The South Carolina Department of Commerce and York County announced that Lava USA Inc., a producer of knitted fabrics for mattress covers, has located its new operations in York County. The more than $3.8 million investment is expected to generate at least 30 new jobs over the next five years.

“We are pleased to have our new plant up and running and look forward to adding more production capacity over the next few years. York County had an excellent building available that suited our needs and provides us with ample space to grow. South Carolina also has the positive business environment and strong workforce we need to continue expanding our operations. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Robert Jones, plant manager for Lava USA Inc.

Lava USA Inc. has located its new textile production and warehouse facility in the former Sattler Plastics building on Railroad Avenue in York. The company has already begun operations at the new facility but plans to continue adding machinery to the 100,000-square-foot facility over the next few years.

“Lava USA Inc. is a family-owned business with a strong history of operations spanning 85 years. Today's announcement is further indication that South Carolina's efforts to focus on the business fundamentals, such as keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low, are working to attract new investment and job opportunities. As well, York County's ability to provide a structure for adaptive reuse that fit the company's specific needs coupled with the area's skilled workforce and business-friendly climate gave Lava USA the resources and competitive environment necessary to grow its operations. We welcome Lava USA to the state's business community and look forward to their future growth,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

York County Council Chairman Buddy Motz said, “It is refreshing to see a globally-competitive manufacturing operation added to York County's rich textile history. We welcome the new jobs and investment from Lava USA in western York County.”

The company has already begun the hiring process and is accepting applications. The company plans to add at least 10 new employees this year, with more positions coming open in the following years as equipment is added to the facility.

Lava is a family-owned and operated knitting company that has been in business since 1925. The company specializes in the production of knitted fabrics for mattress covers, and has offices in Belgium as well as the U.S.

South Carolina Department of Commerce

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