VICAM to Manchester, Tennessee

JVC, Viam, Oyama Chemical Develop New Company with $32 Million Investment, 70 New Jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Ryuji Matsumoto, president of VIAM Manufacturing Inc., announced plans today to locate VICAM in Manchester, Tenn. The company is a newly formed subsidiary of leading nonwoven materials producer Japan Vilene Company (JVC) to be managed by VIAM Manufacturing and utilize technology developed by Oyama Chemical. VICAM will build a facility for the production of a polyester-based carpet fiber that is expected to open in January 2012, and represents an investment of $32 million and 70 new jobs when all phases of construction are complete.

VICAM’s new Manchester facility will produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) stable carpet fiber by recycling PET clear bottles, using Oyama Chemical’s fiber technology. The carpet fiber will then be used in headliner, seat backs and door panels in the automotive industry.

The plant will be located on a 12-acre site that will house a 44,000 square foot facility with the capability for a future expansion of 120,000 square feet. Future expansion plans include supplying PET stable carpet fiber to VIAM Manufacturing in their manufacture of automotive floor mats. As a producer of high quality, custom design floor, trunk and cargo mats, VIAM is a supplier for many of the big automotive companies, including Nissan North America, Inc

Source: mfrtech

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