Conover, NC 28613
Now in its 50th year, North Carolina-based Fibrix, LLC, has emerged as a leading manufacturer of nonwoven fiber solutions in North America, with 10 facilities and 24 production lines.
Over the years, Fibrix has grown both organically and through acquisition of key facilities and industry players including Cumulus Fibres, Cameo Fibers, Tupelo Fibers, Buffalo Bat, Leggett & Platt, Stearns Technical Textiles, Sackner Products, Union Wadding, Ahlstrom’s Groesbeck and Mexia, TX, facilities, and most recently the assets of CNI, which included two new thermal bonding lines.
In January 2016, the company announced a corporate name change from Polyester Fibers to Fibrix, as part of a company-wide rebranding initiative designed to align the organization’s image with its emerging global strategy as a top-tier nonwovens manufacturer focused on innovation, quality and long-term customer relationships.
Prior to this, in 2014, the company’s three owners, Darren White, Dean Cobb, and Keith White, initiated a management buyout of Polyester Fibers, LLC from the venture capital firm Empire Holdings. At the time, Darren and Dean were members of Polyester Fibers’ executive management team, and Keith was brought in as president and CEO.
“We purchased the company because it was already well-run with long term customers,“ says Keith White. “It was also strategically positioned in the key markets it served, and had a highly skilled and experienced labor force.
“We’ve used those core assets to build a high growth company committed to extraordinary customer service, innovation and employee engagement over the four years we’ve owned it. It’s been a fun and exciting adventure.”
Fibrix employs a variety of nonwovens web formation technologies including airlay, card and garnet. Web forming can be in-line or cross-lapped to provide an expansive range of nonwoven products and capabilities.
Fibrix’s multi-feed blending systems can produce products made from a wide range and blend of fibers to provide unique performance characteristics tailored to its customers’ needs. It specializes in synthetic and natural fibers generated from virgin, semi-virgin or recycled materials.
Fibrix offers a full range of custom fabrication using the latest online slitter and offline cutting technologies. These capabilities include rolls, mattress pads, cushion pads, strip rolls ranging from 1.5” inches and wider and vacuum packing.
Fibrix’s three primary markets are air filtration, home furnishings and bedding and retail – craft & seasonal. The company has witnessed strong growth of 9% in each of these markets over the last year.
In 2017, the company expanded into residential building materials with innovative new technologies that are replacing fiberglass. This year, it began full-scale production in home-delivery pharmaceutical and food insulated packaging where it’s replacing outdated and non-recyclable materials such as styrofoam and urethane foam.
In the future, the company is looking to expand its manufacturing footprint in the pleat media air filtration and the home furnishings and bedding markets, through the purchase of new equipment and the acquisition of established companies.
“Although the industry faces challenges in the form of uncertain trade policies, rising freight costs, and a strained labor market, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of innovation which is opening up new markets and driving demand to all-time highs,” White says. “Coupled with the exciting uptick in mergers and acquisitions, I believe we are witnessing the renaissance of nonwovens.”