The announcement was made by North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker.
Custom Nonwoven is a Korean-owned company that develops and manufactures polyester nonwoven pads and rolls through a thermal bonding process. The new production line slated for Thomasville will manufacture fire retardant barrier and fire retardant mattress pads for use in cushion seatings for medical, military and institutional applications. This facility will be the company’s first in North Carolina.
Custom Nonwoven was founded in New Albany, MI in April 2004 and started operation in September 2004. Korea Synthetic Fiber (KSF), which was incorporated back in 1975, is the mother company. KSF is a Korea-based producer and multinational supplier of polyester staple fiber.
“With a rich and distinct history in textiles and manufacturing, it’s no surprise that Davidson County was chosen for Custom Nonwoven’s substantial expansion,” says Governor McCrory. “Our administration is working hard to provide the assistance that advanced manufacturers need to grow and create jobs here in North Carolina.”
“We are really excited to be a member of the furniture capital of the world, partnered with the City of Thomasville and Davidson County,” says JM Kim, owner of Customer Nonwoven, Inc. “We will do our best to make a positive impact on the local area by creating more jobs and growing together.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $128,000. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.