American Textile expands Georgia operations

Duquesne, Pennsylvania-based American Textile Co. has opened a 400,000-square-foot warehousing and distribution facility in Tifton, Georgia that more than doubles the company’s distribution capacity.

AmericanTextileCo.-Reid Ruttenberg-Chair-cuts-ribbon American Textile expands Georgia operations

EXPANSION American Textile Co. chair Reid Ruttenberg cuts the ribbon on the company’s new Tifton, Georgia facility, surrounded by company executives and local and state officials. Photo: Vital Lens Photography by Adam Brown

A producer of branded and white-label mattress protection products, pillows and bedding, American Textile has grown more than 10% annually for the past 10 years, driven by increased consumer demand for AllerEase allergen-barrier bedding and other innovative technologies, a news release said. American Textile also has experienced rapid growth in its e-commerce business, which is up nearly 50% on a year-to-year basis.

American Textile began its relationship with Tifton in 2010 when officials announced the opening of the company’s first Georgia location. Production operations began in 2011 and by 2012, the company had moved its North American distribution operations from Duquesne to Tifton.

In September 2014, the company unveiled a new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Tifton. With the addition of the new distribution complex, which replaces the previous warehouse facility, American Textile’s Tifton facilities now employ more than 400 workers.

American Textile also has domestic pillow manufacturing facilities in Duquesne, Salt Lake City and Dallas. In addition, the company has international manufacturing facilities in Central America and Asia, as well as a research and development facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.

“We have strategically expanded our physical footprint and logistics capabilities to keep pace with the on-demand, online economy that requires new capabilities, while also expanding infrastructure to support the significant growth in our traditional retail channels,” said Lance Ruttenberg, president and chief executive officer of American Textile.

As part of the March 7 ribbon cutting for the new Tifton facility, American Textile made a $35,000 grant to the Tifton College & Career Academy. The grant is part of an ongoing talent development and job training program that American Textile conducts in the communities in which it operates.

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