Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co. may offer incentives to fabric maker
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem and Forsyth County officials are considering incentives for a fabric manufacturer from Germany that could bring 30 full-time jobs to the area.
The company, Polyvlies, would create 20 jobs, then add another piece of machinery a few years later and hire 10 more employees, said Dan Kornelis, Forsyth County’s director of housing and community development.
Garrett Owens, vice president of Winston-Salem Business Inc., said Polyvlies is considering moving into an existing 66,000-square-foot facility at Union Cross Business Park.
The company produces fabrics made out of natural and synthetic fibers. Fibers are bonded together by chemical, mechanical or thermal processes to create materials that can be used in a variety of industries, with applications ranging from carpet backing, to roof system components and acoustic insulation.
The county’s assistance would total $102,639 over eight years, Kornelis said, and it would depend on the company’s job creation and investment of $8.3 million in equipment.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said the city is also looking to participate.
“We’re finalizing the amounts of the assistance package at this point,” Joines said. “It will be similar to that of the county.”
Joines said the item should go before the city finance committee next week and then to the city council the following week.
The Forsyth County commissioners have discussed the proposal in closed sessions and agreed to place it on their April 28 agenda.
Forsyth County Commissioner Gloria Whisenhunt said she is comfortable with the package, which is not a large amount over time.
“Any jobs that we can attract for our citizens, we feel a responsibility to do so,” Whisenhunt said.
The jobs would pay an average annual salary of $35,826 plus benefits, Kornelis said. This would range from stock material movers making about $30,000 to a management position with a salary of more than $100,000. The potential jobs include seven machine operators who would make more than $40,000 a year.
The German company would send three employees to Winston-Salem but the rest would be local hires, Kornelis said.
This would be Polyvlies’ first expansion to the United States, Owens said. Polyvlies was founded in 1850 and has four facilities in Europe.
“We like the fact of getting an international company investment here in Winston-Salem,” Joines said.
The family-owned company worked its way through traditional textiles then moved on to nonwoven fabrics in the 1960s thanks to innovations in technology, Owens said. Now the company is looking to expand its footprint.
“I think that they had heard about the strong presence, the history of textiles in the Triad. That kind of put us on their radar,” Owens said.