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Fabric and textile company to acquire HanesBrands Inc. facility in Patrick Co.

WSET Lynchburg/Roanoke 1/6/2023 Caitlyn Frolo
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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Friday that Apex Mills, a specialty supplier, and manufacturer of warp knit fabrics geared towards industrial and technical applications, will invest $3.1 million to expand its East Coast presence by acquiring the former HanesBrands facility and its equipment in Patrick County. 

Youngkin said the company will fulfill contracts for the Hanes basic apparel brand and maximize the full capacity of the facility. Virginia competed with Pennsylvania for the project, which will retain 96 jobs and create 44 new jobs.

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“We want made in America to mean made in Virginia and we are proud that this American-made textile company will expand its U.S. footprint by establishing an East Coast facility in Virginia,” said Youngkin. “Specialty textile manufacturing has long been a core component of the economy in many regions across the Commonwealth, and we thank Apex Mills for keeping the HanesBrands facility in operation, retaining nearly 100 jobs, and creating an additional 44 jobs for hardworking Virginians.”

“Southside Virginia has always been recognized as a mecca for new companies to invest and prosper,” said Senator William M. Stanley. “The diverse skillsets and work commitment of our workforce remain key to the success of our existing employers and for new and expanding businesses throughout the region. We welcome Apex Mills to Patrick County and look forward to it becoming an integral part of our communities.”

“I am thrilled that Apex Mills is bringing new manufacturing jobs and millions in new investments to our district,” said Delegate Wren M. Williams. “This is a huge win for Patrick County. I will keep working to re-shore our industries and revitalize our home in Southwest Virginia.”

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Founded in 1943, Apex Mills creates performance-based solid knit, mesh/netting, and 3D spacer textile solutions and delivers American-made products. 

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Patrick County to secure the project for Virginia. Youngkin approved a $300,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist Patrick County with the project.

 Apex Mills is also eligible to receive state benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

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