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Invista invests $14 million in R&D capabilities

KENNESAW, GA.—Invista announced plans for a $14 million capital investment in research and development (R&D) at its nylon fiber manufacturing facilities in Dalton; Camden, S.C., and Kingston, Ontario, Canada with the money geared toward expanding its Stainmaster and Antron branded fibers.

Of the three sites, the one in Camden is getting more than $5 million, which is also expected to add 10 jobs at the facility. The remainder of the $14 million is being divided between the other sites, though Invista did not disclose exact details.

Dan Stone, president of Invista’s Performance Surfaces & Materials division, said the investment is part of the company’s plan to “forge ahead in our efforts to differentiate our branded and premium product offerings—including Stainmaster and Antron—through lasting innovation and new products.”

He added new products and applications will include carpet fibers with recycled and/or renewable content destined for residential and commercial flooring—carpets, area rugs and bath mats— and automotive carpeting.

The company’s Linda Morin noted while the Dalton facility is 100% dedicated to producing products for the flooring industry, all three sites “contribute to delivering superior products to global customers through our well recognized and valued Stainmaster and Antron fiber brands.”

Plus, Stone noted, “The Camden plant is near our customer base and has the ability to produce high volumes of bulk continuous filament yarn (textured yarn, which is used to make carpet),” which makes the site a “good fit” for this investment.

Beyond expanding its R&D capabilities to create long-term value, Morin said the investment shows that despite the economy, “Invista continues to spend money on innovation—both on continuously improving processes and products as well as discovering breakthrough technologies.”

For more information, call Invista at 877.446.8478.