Edgefield textile plant to hire 16
By Sarita Chourey | Morris News Service
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

COLUMBIA --- An Edgefield County manufacturer is pumping $3 million into its yarn facility and spinning out 16 new jobs.

Parkdale Mills, which is based in Gastonia, N.C., plans to add new equipment to its Edgefield textile facility at 32 Rabbit Trail to help increase capacity. The expansion is expected to be complete by May 1, and hiring is planned for February, according to a release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

"This expansion is an exciting event for our Edgefield facility and our associates there. Edgefield County continues to be a perfect fit for our company, providing an excellent business environment and a talented and dedicated work force," Robert Nodine, the plant manager at the Parkdale Mills' Edgefield facility, said in a statement.

The company's products include yarns for hosiery and knitting, in addition to military, industrial and home furnishing use.

Parkdale was founded in 1916 and is one of the largest yarn manufacturers in the world.

It has 24 plants, most in North Carolina, and in four other countries.

The new jobs are welcome news for Edgefield County. The county had an 11.6 percent unemployment rate in December, a point higher than November but still below the state's rate, which was 12.6 percent.

Anyone interested in applying for a job with the company can contact Defender Services Inc. at (704) 864-0998.

Reach Sarita Chourey at (803) 727-4257 or sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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