Leigh Fibers is closing its fiber reprocessing facility in Montreal — Leigh Textile Company — operations in December due to the declining number of customers for recycled textiles in Canada and the northeast United States.
“It was a difficult decision to close an operation that has been part of the Leigh family since 1948,” said Keith Taylor, president of Leigh Fibers. “But so many customers in this region have gone out of business in the last few years, or substantially reduced their volume, that the plant can no longer operate profitably. The Canadian market, however, remains an important component of Leigh’s future growth, and we will continue to serve our existing customers and to actively seek new opportunities.”
Taylor said remaining Leigh Textiles customers will be served from the Leigh Fibers facility in South Carolina. The US facility has a capacity of one million pounds a day and is North America’s largest fiber reprocessing operation.
The company is providing career transitioning support to all Leigh Textiles employees and has retained a Canadian firm to aid them in this effort. Some employees are expected to take positions with Leigh Fibers.
For more information, please visit www.leighfibers.com.
About Leigh Fibers, Inc.: Leigh Fibers is North America’s leading reprocessor of fiber and textile by-products, having diverted some 14 billion pounds of waste from landfills throughout its 99-year history and turned it into useful material. Leigh has customers and sources of supply around the world, importing and exporting to more than 25 countries. Its recycled fibers are used by leading manufacturers in the automotive, home furnishings, construction, casket, pet supplies, and other industries. Leigh is the only ISO-certified reprocessor of fiber and textiles.