Wipes firm to open Oxford plant

Posted October 12, 2009 1:25 p.m. EDT

— 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.