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McAirlaid’s expands in Franklin County

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McAirlaid’s Vliesstoffe GmbH & Co., which manufactures absorptive materials found in hygienic products and food packaging, unveiled an expansion Wednesday at its manufacturing center in Franklin County that will create 40 new jobs.

As part of a multi- million investment, the company nearly doubled its space and plans to increase staff from 120 to 160 jobs. 

State dignitaries, business leaders and elected officials were on hand to tour the facility at the Franklin County Commerce Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Present at the event was McAirlaid’s president and CEO Alexander Maksimow, who said that the 75,000-square-foot expansion at the German company’s only U.S. manufacturing facility and U.S. headquarters will increase the company’s global capacity by about a third.

“McAirlaid’s found a warm welcome in Franklin County when we opened here in 2008,” Maksimow said. “Now, with growing demand met by a world-class facility and outstanding employees, we are pleased to show off an expansion that will position us even better in the U.S. market.”

The expansion at 180 Corporate Drive increases McAirlaid’s footprint to 145,000 square feet. The new space provides for additional manufacturing equipment and storage to make products such as absorbent pads for food packaging, medical and wound care products, pet care products and table decorations. The expansion also will allow the company to reduce imports of raw materials and use U.S.-produced materials.

McAirlaid’s said it will increase its current staff of 120 employees to 160 jobs almost immediately.  “As a major employer in Rocky Mount, McAirlaid’s is making a highly visible impact on the community with quality jobs, an international presence and a management team that enjoys living in the region. This expansion further signifies the company’s commitment to grow and prosper in Franklin County,” David Cundiff, chairman of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement.

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