“We've been interested in this part of WNI for quite some time,” Mr. Hardin said. “We are very excited about the opportunity. We know the industry well and we're very committed to it.” Mr. Hardin and Mr. Vesely are looking to continue to build the Climashield product, a high-tech insulation used in outdoor recreation apparel and gear, concentrating especially on environmentally friendly products. “From my point of view, the Climashield business was still very healthy, and, we felt, fundamentally strong,” Mr. Hardin said.
Operations at the Clinton manufacturing facility, open since 2005 and employing about 35 people, had continued throughout the process.
WNI’s other larger division, which manufactures nonwoven products for geotextiles, upholstery and mattresses, was purchased by Milliken & Co.