Natco ramps up USA-made with new loom
Gary Evans -- Home Textiles Today, December 6, 2011
West Warwick, RI - Further building on its domestic manufacturing for area rugs, Natco Home Products -- parent company of Central Oriental - is in the process of installing an eighth loom at its state-of-the-art facility in Sanford, Maine.
The new loom is a high speed CRP92 Carpet and Rug Pioneer, face-to-face loom, which Natco said represents "the latest in weaving technology" from Belgium-based manufacturer Van DeWiele.
Loom 8 is poised to strengthen Natco's offerings in better machine-made rugs and is able to produce rugs ranging from 500,000 points up to 1.3 million points per square meter.
"The factory was running three shifts seven days a week in weaving and having trouble keeping up with demand. The new loom will help us better serve our customers," explained Michael Litner, Natco's president.
Along with investments in weaving equipment, Natco said it also continues to add capacity in finishing and packaging. The factory recently added a third finishing line and continues to invest in upgraded software.
"Most importantly, we are investing in people," Litner added. "It is exciting to see a thriving U.S. manufacturing facility. Despite global competition and a challenging economy, we continue to grow and add more U.S.-based manufacturing jobs. Demand for our U.S.-made rugs is at an all-time high, and we will continue to invest in great new colors and designs at incredible values, which will ultimately lead to further expansion of our US factory."
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