A New York-based company is acquiring the former HanesBrands facility and its equipment in Patrick County, a move that will retain 96 jobs and create 44 new ones, according to the governor’s office.
Apex Mills, a specialty supplier and manufacturer of warp knit fabrics geared toward industrial and technical applications, will invest $3.1 million to expand its East Coast presence, according to a release from Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
“Specialty textile manufacturing has long been a core component of the economy in many regions across the Commonwealth, and we thank Apex Mills for keeping the HanesBrands facility in operation, retaining nearly 100 jobs and creating an additional 44 jobs for hardworking Virginians,” Youngkin said in a statement.
Hanes announced in 2021 that it would close its Patrick County plant.
Apex is headquartered in New York and has a plant in North Carolina.
“The Apex Mills family of companies has been manufacturing Made in the USA textiles for 80 years, and as part of our dedication to support and grow the domestic textile industry we are continually seeking facilities and communities committed to this same goal,” said Jonathan Kurz, Apex Mills President and Chief Executive Officer, in a statement. “When we became aware of the imminent closing of the HanesBrands Woolwine operation and learned more about the rich tradition of textile manufacturing in Patrick County we ultimately made the decision that this was where we wanted to locate our next fabric formation facility. The skilled workforce in the Woolwine, Stuart, and surrounding communities, as well as the support we have received from the county and the state, have made this opportunity one which we are proud to be a part of.”