To better serve its customer base in the high-growth mattress industry, Precision Textiles recently opened a new 160,000-square-foot, 25-acre campus in Troy, North Carolina. As the company’s first domestic manufacturing facility outside of its New Jersey headquarters, this new space will double Precision Textiles’ needle-punch nonwovens production and boost its high-loft quilting fiber output by 50 percent.
“Demand for these products has risen to the point where we are near full capacity at our home facility in New Jersey,” said Scott Tesser, chief executive officer of Precision Textiles. “In addition to keeping pace with current demand, this investment positions us for future growth as we continue to expand our customer base in the bedding and automotive industries.”
With mattress manufacturers continuing to face ongoing foam shortages, Precision Textiles has been meeting the increased demand for alternatives with its quilting fiber products. These products can be used in a mattress’s top comfort layer and as an alternative to firmer foams that support spring units. Using a combination of both can reduce the amount of foam needed by up to five inches, minimizing bedding manufacturers’ reliance on the volatile raw material without sacrificing the feel of the mattress.
Precision Textiles’ ECOLOFT is a high-quality quilting fiber made by combining conjugated spiral crimp pillow fill with bicomponent polyester. Engineered to perform as a foam alternative, it provides the necessary “spring back” and support that foam products offer. It also reduces the amount of combustible materials in a finished mattress by eliminating the traditional polyurethane foam layer behind the fire-resistant (FR) barrier. The lofty polyester fibers in ECOLOFT create an added dimension of luxury to mattress panels and borders, while serving as an easy-to-quilt product.
In addition to its expanded production capacity, Precision Textiles’ new facility also includes warehousing space. The workforce at the facility will include new employees as well as some experienced staff from the textiles company that previously operated the plant.
“This new factory will enable us to better meet the needs of our customers throughout the nation and logistically helps us reduce transit time to those located across the Southeast. It will also give us more capacity to better serve both existing and new customers,” Tesser added. “The plant previously had a nice history in textiles manufacturing, so it provided us with a head start in terms of equipment and experienced employees.”