Kevin Frank, CEO and President, said, “We are excited to add a new AstenJohnson facility in Waco, TX. The long-term outlook for our nonwovens business is excellent. Customer demand for our products has only increased. This investment will allow us to meet the growing demand and to continue to offer more and more products and innovation. We are delighted to welcome future Waco associates to the AstenJohnson family.
The plant will focus on nonwoven fabrics for growing markets, including light automotive and composites manufacturing. In addition to the world’s latest needle-punched nonwoven technology, the Waco facility will be clean, air-conditioned and have a strong emphasis on sustainable business practices.
“Waco is a unique place for AstenJohnson. It is close to our customers, but more importantly, the spirit of innovation, integrity, inclusion and teamwork is infused in the people of this region,” says Neil Johnson, President of Nonwovens. “These values are at the heart of AstenJohnson and have made Waco feel like home as we begin our partnership. We’re here for the long haul and excited to provide stable career options for community members, along with competitive salaries and a commitment to extensive training and development.
AstenJohnson’s decision to locate in Greater Waco represents a regional economic development collaboration between Waco, McLennan County and the Waco Industrial Foundation. Waco and McLennan County have partnered strategically to provide incentives supporting the project. In addition, the Waco Industrial Foundation has partnered with the project regarding the land needed to support AstenJohnson’s operation.
“The City of Waco is pleased to welcome AstenJohnson to our community. This is an exciting announcement, bringing quality jobs, significant capital investment and cutting-edge technology to Waco,” said Dillon Meek, Mayor of the City of Waco. “This announcement reinforces what we know to be true: Waco’s economy continues to grow and is a great city for business.
Jim Porterfield, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, adds, “This facility will allow us to better serve our existing and new customers for our Eagle Nonwovens and Foss Performance Materials business units. These customers in the automotive, aerospace, filtration, in-place hardening and other technical industry segments will be among those we plan to support from our new location in Texas.
AstenJohnson plans to begin operations in early 2023.