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Wipes firm to open Oxford plant

Posted October 12, 2009

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— An Israeli firm that makes the fabric for cleaning wipes plans to open a $17 million Granville County plant that will employ 42 people, officials said Monday.

Shalag Industries Ltd. produces nonwoven fabrics that are used in the production of dry and wet wipes, diapers and personal hygiene products. The company’s major customers include Johnson & Johnson, Nicepak and Kimberly Clark.

“Shalag is looking forward to becoming a successful corporate citizen in North Carolina and in Oxford,” Chief Executive Ilan Pickman said in a statement. “North Carolina is a recognized center for nonwoven manufacturing and R&D and we have identified here a strong infrastructure to support our business.”

The company has one manufacturing plant in Israel, and its Oxford plant will use heat to bond fibers into nonwoven fabric.

The project’s 42 jobs will pay an average annual wage of $39,966, plus benefits, which is higher than the Granville County average annual wage of $33,020.

Shalag qualifies for a $110,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects to the state. Companies must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.

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  • whatelseisnew Oct 12, 2009

    "42 jobs seems terribly low. or maybe its just me"

    It must be a highly automated operation.

  • roncorey1 Oct 12, 2009

    Wow. The Israelis have pretty much cornered the nonwovens industry in this area. Spuntech in Roxboro. Avgol in Mocksville. Now this.

    I used to work for a family-owned German company (Freudenberg) in Durham that made the same product at their site in Eno Industrial Park. Their biggest customer was P&G. The operation shut down about 5 yrs ago. It was one of three facilities at the site. I was laid off from one of the other the other facilities last year. It too shut down for good this past March, leaving only 1 of 3 left. The jobs paid well for this area. Benefits were decent. I somehow doubt that this new firm coming in will be anywhere near what Freudenberg was in terms of pay and benefits, but any jobs now are good I guess.

  • fatcat11 Oct 12, 2009

    gee whiz...sounds cheap compared to what we paid Dell...

  • manofjustice Oct 12, 2009

    Oh wow....such great things for Oxford. First Walmart Superstore, then Walgreens now Shalaq is coming!!! I can't take all this excitement. I am about to bust open!!!! This is history in the making. I just can't believe this!!! What will happen next. I don't want too much more excitement and have a heart attack. Please be gentle with the next news about Oxford please.

  • daisymom Oct 12, 2009

    $17million plant and 42 jobs? 42 jobs seems terribly low. or maybe its just me.

  • redapace Oct 12, 2009

    $110.000? Has the state tried to, uh, "negotiate" them down on the price?