Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Parkdale Mills, the country’s largest manufacturer of spun yarn, will expand its production plants in Rabun Gap, creating 210 new jobs and investing $85 million.
“When a successful Georgia operation like Parkdale Mills decides to expand its facility and its employment roster, it’s a win for all concerned, especially for our workforce,” Deal said. “The textile industry has deep roots in Georgia and remains a vital part of our manufacturing sector thanks to our strategic location, logistics advantages and the expertise our skilled workers bring to the table.”
Parkdale purchased the Hanes Brands facility in Rabun Gap in 2009 and produces fiber for use in high-end, quality active wear that is sold in sports stores. The company will begin installing equipment in early 2014 and anticipates completion by end of that year. Using advanced new technology, the Rabun Gap facility will be converted from a 100 percent cotton T-shirt product line to a polyester/cotton blended yarn for the performance wear business. The 750,000-square-foot facility is located at 815 John Beck Dockins Road, in Rabun Gap. The expansion will occur in two stages, each phase creating about half of the total jobs. The facility will stay in operation at all times, with one plant running while the other is being renovated. Phase II will immediately follow the completion of Phase I.
Hiring is already under way at the company, which anticipates the total project to be completed by the end of 2014.