Leigh Fibers, Inc., a supplier of reprocessed and raw fibers derived from recycled textiles, carpet, plastics and other materials, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Wellford, S.C. The $10.1 million investment is expected to generate 40 new jobs over the next five years.

“We continue to see an increase in demand for our products and services, and this expansion will help us better serve our customers as well as position us for future growth," said Keith Taylor, president of Leigh Fibers, Inc. "Our plans to invest in the Wellford facility will not only promote job growth, but will also have a positive environmental impact on our county and state by minimizing waste going to landfills. We believe these investments will foster an entrance into a Green Economy less impacted by foreign imports and support the manufacturing base within the state."

The company will add new equipment at its plant that will allow it to diversify its product offerings. Leigh supplies high-quality, environmentally friendly materials to meet manufacturers’ particular needs in a wide range of markets, including automotive, construction, erosion control, home furnishings, nonwovens, and traditional textiles. Leigh Fibers imports and exports materials in over 25 countries around the world.

“Leigh Fibers has a strong history in South Carolina and this expansion is indicative of the company’s success in evolving its business model to remain competitive in today’s economy," said Joe Taylor, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce. "Leigh Fibers has positioned itself well for future growth and we hope today’s announcement will be the first of many expansions to come in the years ahead.”

“We are pleased Leigh Fibers, a long-time corporate citizen of Spartanburg County, is diversifying and growing the operation here," added David Britt, chairman of Economic Development Committee of Spartanburg County Council and board member of the Economic Futures Group. "We are always excited when existing companies grow, verifying Spartanburg County as an excellent location to do business."

The company has already begun hiring and filling some of its new positions and expects to fill the remaining positions in stages over the next five years. Individuals interested in employment opportunities can contact the company at (864) 439-4111. For more information on the company, visitwww.leighfibers.com.