Oriental Weavers Announces Capital Investments in Dalton, GA Facility
Dalton, GA, May 3, 2016—Oriental
Weavers announces significant capital investments in its Dalton, Georgia
The company just completed
installation in March of an exclusive five-meter loom, which is the fastest and
most technologically advanced loom in North America. The investment comes on
the heels of a similar prominent 5-meter loom installation that occurred during
the fourth quarter of 2014 that increased domestic capacity 27% percent in 2015
over the previous year.
The new loom is the fastest
machine on the market today and will help the company continue its commitment
to growth of its Made in the USA products. The new equipment, 35% faster than a
traditional four-meter loom, gives Oriental Weavers the exclusive ability to
more efficiently and rapidly produce domestically made products, all while
diminishing waste, eliminating excessive inventory and reducing the amount of
energy needed to weave each rug.
The growth in domestic weaving
production also requires an expansion to the company’s yarn production
capacity. In order to increase yarn production and promote energy savings,
Oriental Weavers is completing the installation of a new Superba heat-setting
yarn line. Using the latest technology, the machine can produce 50% more yarn
each year than the company’s previous equipment. The new technology is also environmentally
friendly; this state of the art heat-set machine reduces energy consumption by 30%.
This new machinery allows for an
additional seventeen percent increase in domestically made products over
Because of the exceptional
increase in production in 2015 and planned for 2016 and beyond, the company is
putting the finishing touches on a more than 200,000 square foot expansion to
its Dalton, Georgia distribution center. The addition will accommodate the
increased production as well as provide jobs for skilled workers living in the
northwest Georgia area. The distribution center expansion is expected to be
fully operational by June 2016.