American Truetzschler brings $3.5 million investment

GREER – A manufacturer of machinery for spinning preparation and nonwovens has landed in Greer with a $3.5 million investment expected to generate 30 new jobs.

American Truetzschler Inc., a subsidiary of the German-based Trutzschler Group, has purchased production machinery from the now-defunct John D. Hollingsworth on Wheels, which closed its Greenville plant on Dec. 31.

The company recently leased 35,596 square feet of industrial space at 1704 Poplar Drive Extension and plans to start production in the next six weeks.

Founded in 1969, American Truetzschler is headquartered in Charlotte. The Greer project will be the company’s second U.S. plant, and plant manager Mark Smith is anticipating future growth.

While other textile industries in the South are shuttering and plants have been emptied, Smith said Truetzschler is geared more toward the nonwoven sector of textiles, which still has a growing market.

“The spinning side of textiles is what’s gone to Mexico, Honduras, but the nonwoven side of textiles is still going strong, very strong, in the United States,” Smith said.

American Truetzschler has also hired approximately 35 former Hollingsworth employees, including those in field service and sales and marketing, allowing the company to expand its textile machinery and card clothing manufacturing operations.

“It’s fantastic for Greer. This is truly a great company in that they’ve decided to invest here and to create new jobs in this community,” said Reno Deaton, executive director of Greer Development Corp.

The company will enjoy property tax breaks for five years from the city of Greer and Greenville County as a part of a state statutory provision for companies that invest at least $50,000 in land, building and machinery, Deaton added.  Source

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