Glen Raven Inc., a high-performance textile manufacturer, today announced plans to expand operations for its custom fabrics division in Anderson County. The $70 million investment will create 135 new jobs, according to a news release from the S.C. Commerce Department.
Glen Raven is a provider of performance textiles with global brands including Sunbrella and Dickson. The company focuses primarily on the awning, marine and furniture markets, the news release said.
“We’ve been a proud part of the Anderson County community since 1986, and over the decades, dedicated and skilled South Carolinians have been critical to our growth,” Clen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig said in the release. “We are thrilled to expand on our great partnership and look forward to creating more growth for our company and the community, together.”
Located at 4665 Liberty Highway in Anderson, the plant’s expansion will add a distribution center to the existing local operations with new equipment and processes that will improve overall efficiency and capacity, the release said.
The company is also enhancing its Sunbrella manufacturing assets with additional finishing capacity and investments to optimize material flow while expanding and improving inspection and sampling capabilities, the release said. Designed with flexibility to adjust as markets change, the company’s new facility is expected to be constructed and operational by early 2023.
“Glen Raven Inc. has been an integral part of Anderson County for decades now, and I am glad to see the tradition continuing with this expansion,” Anderson County Councilman Brett Sanders said in the release. “A company like Glen Raven Inc. would be welcome in any country around the world, and it says a lot about our workforce and our community that they choose to stay right here at home.” -
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $400,000 Set-Aside grant to Anderson County to assist with the cost of site preparation and building construction, the release said.