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Dominion Textile plans major expansion; nonwovens to benefit from $29 million investment.

While many companies are cutting back or holding steady during economic hard times, last month Dominion Textile, Montreal, Canada, the 19th largest nonwoven roll goods manufacturer in the world, announced plans to invest $29 million in its nonwovens operations.

The company will concentrate on both its nonwovens units, Poly-Bond in the U.S., which had 1991 sales of $38 million; and French producer Nordlys, with 1991 sales of $54 million. The two subsidiaries remain independent of each other; Poly-Bond is involved in spunbonded nonwovens and targets primarily absorbent disposable markets, while Nordlys uses dry laid and chemical and thermal bonded technologies for a range of end uses including interlinings, cable wrap, filtration and medical apparel.

In the U.S., Dominion will spend approximately $19 million over a three year period to construct a new manufacturing facility and optimize current capacity at Poly-Bond. "We are taking earlier lines (the company has eight Reifenhauser spunbonded lines) and bringing them up to current standards and quality," explained Alec Hay, president. There are presently no plans to add further lines.

Poly-Bond will also be building a new manufacturing facility in Waynesboro, VA, adjacent its main manufacturing offices. "Our Composites unit is already located here, as is our warehousing," said Mr. Hay. "When the facility is complete, we'll have 200,000 sq. feet of space." Construction begins at the end of this month and is expected to be completed in mid-1993. At that time the company will begin relocating and upgrading its spunbonded equipment.

At Nordlys, Bailleul, France, the investment, which takes place through the next two years, is earmarked for a consolidation of operations into one plant; this involves a building extension and relocation and modernization of equipment, as well as the addition of a new chemical bonding line.
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Date:Dec 1, 1992
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