Foss Manufacturing Company is one of the industry’s leading providers and pioneers in the use of needlepunch nonwoven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers. Foss Manufacturing Company employs 420 people, with manufacturing facilities in Hampton, NH.
The acquisition of Foss Manufacturing Company supports AstenJohnson’s plans for growth with a vision to become a world leader in needlepunch nonwovens. Kevin Frank, CEO of AstenJohnson, says “the purchase of Foss Manufacturing (Northern Division) is a key step in the transformation of AstenJohnson as we enter into new markets for High Performance Materials. We will have two strong pillars to our company going forward – one in paper machine clothing and the other in nonwovens”.
In December 2014, Asten Johnson expanded its offerings to include needlepunch nonwovens when it purchased Eagle Nonwovens, a St. Louis, MO-based supplier to the aerospace, automotive, healthcare, filtration and home furnishings industries.
Steve Polston, president of Nonwovens for AstenJohnson, notes “This transaction furthers AstenJohnson’s strategy to build a significant second segment to the Company. The addition of Foss Performance Materials expands our participation in new markets and allows us to couple Foss’ reputation for innovation with AstenJohnson's and Eagle Nonwovens’ focus on operational excellence.”
AstenJohnson will continue to operate the business with the workforce in place.
Foss Manufacturing Company CEO, A.J. Nassar, comments, “We are delighted to leave our North business division and employees in the very capable hands of AstenJohnson, a company that has been in business for over 200 years. This sale will allow us to concentrate all our resources in the Georgia operations, and continue our expansion of products, innovations and capabilities in the flooring industry.”