Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has purchased a new production facility in Valenciennes, France, an industrial hub city with easy access to transportation routes across Europe.

“Glen Raven is a 140-year-old company, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to serving our customers and investing in our collective business not just for today, but for the many years ahead,” said Dave Swers, president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics.

“While the path forward is not linear,” he continued, “we recognized the need to pull forward some of our expansion plans so that we can provide the level of service our customers deserve and continue to satisfy end users’ desires for Sunbrella fabrics. We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers through creative sourcing, extended run schedules, enhanced systems and capacity expansions.”

Once converted to meet Glen Raven’s requirements, the facility in France is expected to be operational by the second half of next year. The site also allows for future production and distribution expansion.

The initial investment phase, started at the end of last year, included new and upgraded equipment to support the continuing growth of Sunbrella fabrics and other Glen Raven textile products in the company’s U.S. and Asia facilities. The company said this equipment has begun to come online and will continue in stages through the first half of 2021.

Swers said this will not only increase output, but also reduce energy and water usage, to support Glen Raven’s sustainability commitments. The company is also implementing system enhancements to better address the supply chain challenges created by the pandemic and the spike in demand for its fabrics. The company said these improvements will enable Glen Raven to serve and communicate with customers more efficiently.

Taken together, the company said these actions represent an investment of more than $65 million in expanded production capacity to support Glen Raven’s customers and the increased demand for its fabrics.

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