Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) celebrated the official opening of its REPREVE®
Recycling Center on Wednesday, May 4th. This $8 million
investment will allow the company to expand production capacities of its
REPREVE recycled fiber.
REPREVE is a family of first quality recycled polyester and nylon fibers
that can be used in a wide range of applications, including apparel,
automotive, seating and paneling fabrics. Since its introduction in
2006, REPREVE has grown from a single recycled polyester fiber into an
entire brand of sustainable products. In the last two years alone, over
247 million post-consumer PET bottles have been recycled into REPREVE.
Unifi estimates to recycle over 400 million bottles into REPREVE in 2012
in its REPREVE Recycling Center.
50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art REPREVE Recycling Center enables
Unifi to recycle post-industrial and post-consumer polyester waste, and
in the future, fabrics and garments. The goal of the facility is to
expand production capacities and capabilities, improve fiber color and
drive volume growth for improved economics.
"The opening of the REPREVE Recycling Center solidifies Unifi's
commitment to be the world's leader in the production of sustainable
fibers," said Roger Berrier, president and COO of Unifi. "The REPREVE
Recycling Center was built using the latest state-of-the-art recycling
technology providing us with flexibility to further expand the REPREVE
brand in new and innovative directions."
event took place at the G. Allen Mebane Industrial Complex in
Yadkinville, and featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours and a program
of speakers including Bill Jasper, chairman and CEO; Roger Berrier; John
Mowbray, editor and publisher of EcoTextile News; Gail Strickler,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Textiles; and Kim Glas,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel and Chairman, CITA.
Recycling Center has been constructed to convert waste materials into
REPREVE and the building itself was built with environmental benefits in
mind. Sustainable features include:
67 skylights to take advantage of
Light fixtures controlled by sensor
technology to reduce energy use
Low flow fixtures and motion sensors
anticipated to reduce water use by 34%
Many building materials were bought
regionally and comprised of recycled content
Energy Recovery Kit that captures and
re-utilizes heat in the production of REPREVE chip
"The new REPREVE Recycling Center will grow employment in Yadkin County,
adding at least 25 new jobs when fully implemented," added Berrier.
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) is a diversified producer and processor of
multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw
materials. The Company adds value to the supply chain and enhances
consumer demand for its products through the development and
introduction of branded yarns that provide unique performance, comfort
and aesthetic advantages. Key Unifi brands include, but are not
limited to: AIO® - all-in-one performance yarns, SORBTEK®, A.M.Y.®,
MYNX® UV, REPREVE®, REFLEXX®, MICROVISTA® and SATURA®. Unifi's
yarns and brands are readily found in home furnishings, apparel,
legwear, and sewing thread, as well as industrial, automotive, military,
and medical applications. For more information about Unifi, visit
www.unifi.com, or to learn more about REPREVE®, visit