Governor Nathan Deal - Georgia’s 82nd Governor (2011-2019)

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Foss Manufacturing to create 150 jobs, invest $15 million in Floyd County

September 25, 2012

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today New Hampshire-based Foss Manufacturing Co. will open a manufacturing and distribution operation in Rome in Floyd County, investing $15 million and creating 150 new jobs over three years. Foss is an industry leader in the use of non-woven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers in a wide range of environments and applications.

“Northwest Georgia remains a strategic home for the textile manufacturing industry, complete with the business environment and skilled workforce to help this industry continue its recovery in our state,” said Deal. “I am encouraged by the commitment Foss Manufacturing is making in Floyd County, and look forward to the contributions this company will make to one of Georgia’s major industries. I am glad to welcome Foss to Georgia.”

Foss is one of the world’s largest needle-punch based manufacturers, and supports its customers’ needs with patented technology driven solutions. The company has strong relationships with a diverse range of customers including major retailers and leading automotive brands.

“We are very excited about our decision to expand our operations and locate in Rome, and look forward to great success,” Foss CEO AJ Nassar said.

At its Rome operation, Foss will manufacture and distribute medical masks, hospital apparel and linens and automotive and filtration products. The company will occupy the former Mohawk building in Floyd County.

“It is always great news for our community when we secure a new company with such a diverse customer base,” said Rome Mayor Evie McNiece. “We are happy that at least 150 people will directly benefit from this positive use of a former manufacturing building.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Rome-Floyd County Development Authority, the Development Authority of Floyd County and the City of Rome to bring Foss Manufacturing to Georgia. GDEcD senior project manager Andrew Neumann managed this project on behalf of the state.

“Textile manufacturing stands as one of Georgia’s oldest industries, and has been a key driver of our economy for several generations,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. “Foss Manufacturing’s decision to locate in Georgia is real proof of the resilience of this manufacturing sector. This investment will positively impact Rome and communities throughout northwest Georgia.”

About Foss Manufacturing Company, LLC
Foss Manufacturing Company, LLC is a leading innovator and pioneer in the specialty fibers, non-woven and needle-punch fabrics industry. From raw fiber to finished fabrics, Foss provides solutions for automotive, apparel, carpeting, construction, medical, and many other industries throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 58 years, Foss has achieved many industry firsts and earned hundreds of exclusive patents. Its latest breakthroughs include FOSSHIELD®, an antimicrobial fabric technology that is safe, natural and effective and Eco-fi™, a high-quality textile fiber made from UL certified recycled non-BPA post plastic bottles. Foss’ umbrella also includes the well-known industry brands The Kunin™ Group, manufacturer of felt and fabric for the crafting market, and Ozite®, manufacturer of specially engineered fabrics for specific consumer, commercial and industrial applications. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Hampton, N.H., all Foss products are proudly made in the United States.