Officials blamed declining production volumes year over year as the motivation behind the closures. "We have been working with the effected customers developing supply alternatives," said Stephan Liozu, vice president and general manager, Spunlaid Division North America. "We will be transferring business associated with the two lines from the Hopkinsville facility to our operations in Durham, NC. We stand committed to servicing our customer base in the North American automotive market and to bringing new nonwovens technologies and solutions to our customers."
Freudenberg's Filtration Division will continue operations from the Hopkinsville location as will Freudenberg Vitech, L.P., which serves the North American automotive market. Spunlaid and staple fiber operations in Durham, North Carolina will continue to serve the North American interlining, industrial and building products segments as well as the automotive market.