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Meridian Brings Wool Carpet Yarn Production Back to North America
Leading specialty yarn manufacturer, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group (MSYG) has begun production of wool and wool/polyester blend carpet yarns at the company’s newly expanded Ranlo, NC plant.
The wool yarns produced are a new product line for MSYG and will serve the high end, tufted and woven carpet and rug markets and represents the return of wool carpet yarn production to North America.
“All of us at MSYG are excited about the opportunity to bring wool carpet yarn production back to the United States,” said Tim Manson, president of MSYG. “As bulked continuous filament (BCF) yarns came to dominate the carpet yarn supply chain, long staple spinning capacity for wool yarns in North America began to disappear and ultimately exited the market, leaving imported yarns as the sole supply.”
Sample yarns were produced earlier this year on the plant’s newly installed preparation, blending, twisting and winding equipment and full wool carpet yarn production began in October, in a newly renovated section of the Ranlo plant. The new wool carpet yarn operation expands the Ranlo plant’s production capacity by an estimated 25%.
The Ranlo operation has numerous yarn formation capabilities including ring spinning and twisting, hollow spindle, Taslan, Dima air injection yarns, fancy twist and self- twist. Fibers processed are wool, wool blends with acrylic or polyester, stretch broken producer dyed acrylic, and olefin fibers, among others.