YARN MANUFACTURERS HARRIET _ HENDERSON
EXPANDS IN CLARKTON
In an era when textile-related industries
are fleeing to Latin American countries in droves, a textile industry
that has been a longtime major contributor to the economy of Bladen
County—Harriet _ Henderson Yarns, yarn manufacturers, — has
announced that it is expanding its Clarkton-based operation substantially.
The $20 million expansion will modernize the company’s
plant—known as the Clarkton Plant—on NC 211 west of Clarkton, according
to company President and Chairman of the Board Marshall Y. Cooper,
Jr. This expansion will
bring about 60 new jobs to the workforce at the facility. Cooper says the plant was initially upgraded about 12 years ago,
shortly after the plant was purchased from Mt. Vernon Mills. Harriet _ Henderson bought the two Clarkton
plants in the mid to late-1980s.
pointed out that the company’s other Clarkton plant, called the
Bladen Plant, had already been upgraded about “3 or 4 years ago.”
The company will install
state-of-the-art automated roving, spinning and winding equipment
in two phases, Cooper said. He
expected the project to take about six months altogether.
“We will begin the first
of two phases immediately and will start the next phase as soon
as we are sure everything in the phase is operating properly,” Cooper
said. “It is a change in technology and we will have
to get the bugs out before we start on the second phase.”
Cooper credited the
cooperation of various public and private officials with making
the expansion in the Clarkton area possible.
“This project would
not have been possible without the cooperation of Carolina Power
_ Light Co., the North Carolina Governor’s Incentive Fund, and
the leadership of the Bladen Economic Development Commission and
Bladen county officials,” Cooper said.
Cooper added that he
is very excited about the expansion of new technology at this facility
and looks forward to a long-term relationship at this location. The products from the modernized facility in Clarkton will be used
to service the hosiery, denim and outerwear markets, Cooper said.
Harriet _ Henderson,
a leading manufacturer of sales yarns (does not produce end products
from the yarn), has corporate offices in Henderson, NC.
This article if from
the August 15, 2000, issue of The Bladen Journal, written
by Jack McDuffie, Staff Writer.