Avgol brings on fourth production line

By: Richard Craver | Winston-Salem Journal

An Israeli manufacturer of specialty fabrics said Tuesday it has started a fourth production line at its Mocksville plant.

Avgol America Inc. is part of Avgol Nonwoven Industries, based in Tel Aviv. The company makes nonwoven fabrics, primarily for manufacturers of baby diapers and adult incontinence and feminine hygiene products.

The opening of the production line July 30 represents the quick fulfillment of a jobs pledge Avgol made in February as part of a $35 million plant expansion.

Avgol now has 180 employees at the plant.

With the new production line, the plant will produce 60,000 metric tons of nonwoven material each year, about half of Avgol’s global capacity.

Avgol’s major customers include Procter & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, Unicharm, SCA, AHP and Covidien.

Sholmo Liran, chief executive officer of Avgol, attended the opening of the fourth production line. He said if the company opts to open a fifth line in Mocksville, the plant would become the world’s largest producer of nonwoven fabric.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, said he continues to be impressed by Avgol’s growth, particularly locally.

The company has expanded three times since buying the plant from Unifi Inc. in 2011.

Bralley said the installation of a rail spur in 2005 for the delivery of raw materials has helped make the county a strategic location for Avgol.

Avgol’s local production has been aided by training and support from the Non-Woven Institute on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University.

Ronnie Batchler, chief operating officer for Avgol Nonwoven, said the expansion was done in part because “our customers continue to challenge us for more unique and innovative products that are cost-effective.”

“We have been able to meet those challenges over the past 10 years. This has hastened our growth in Mocksville.”

For the latest expansion, the company is eligible for up to $640,000 in local incentives — up to $384,000 from the Davie Board of Commissioners and up to $256,000 from the Mocksville Board of Commissioners.

It also is eligible for $84,000 from the One North Carolina Fund.

The average annual wage for the new jobs is $33,629 before benefits. The average annual wage in Davie is $28,808.

 

Source:  journalnow.com

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