Louis Hornick and Company opening U.S. plant
Retail Editor 5 -- Home Textiles Today, October 31, 2013
Washington - Curtain and home textiles supplier Louis Hornick and Company announced this morning it will establish a new manufacturing facility in Allendale County, S.C. In a simultaneous release, Walmart lauded the effort.
Hornick will invest $2.5 million in an existing 103,000-square-foot building located on 28 acres in Allendale. The company plans to begin operations next month, and the plant is expected to generate 125 new jobs over the next three years.
Louis Hornick will be manufacturing via a highly automated cut/sew/packaging process that it has used to produce Firefend-branded flame retardant window treatments. The facility will supply the dotcom, institutional, hospitality and commercial markets.
"As a 40-year supplier to Walmart, we thank them for taking the lead on supporting U.S. manufacturing, and we could not be more pleased to continue to work together," said Louis Hornick II, chairman and ceo of Louis Hornick and Company.
He added: "With our new facility we are not only cost competitive with China and India, but we reduce our lead-time by 50%. Our put-through time ensures an out of stock store, from un-forecasted demand, is back-in-stock within the week. Our ‘Made in America' products will provide the superior quality the American consumer expects and deserves."
The initiative was announced this morning by Walmart U.S. president and ceo Bill Simon and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at the SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit in D.C.
"We aren't just building a facility - we are moving to South Carolina. The fact that three Manhattan residents are doing so is testament to our dedication, but, equally, reflects on the wonderful people in the great state of South Carolina," said Louis "Tripp" Hornick III, chief operating officer of family-owned Louis Hornick and Company. "We appreciate the exceptional support we've received from state and local officials."
Also at the summit today, Walmart announced new plant openings planned by Elan-Polo for footwear and EveryWare Global for glassware. The retailer has pledged to purchase an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10 years across all categories of business.
"Companies, government officials and industry leaders are working together to increase manufacturing, and these efforts are helping more
Americans get into good-paying jobs and more businesses reinvest in the U.S. economy," said Simon.
Collectively, the three manufacturing initiatives announced at the summit will create 385 jobs.
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