The Lenzing Alabama plant produces Tencel fiber used to make fabrics. (Markus Renner / Electric Arts)
Austrian-based Lenzing Group is investing $293 million to expand its plant in Axis into the largest of its kind in the world, creating 163 new jobs.
Lenzing and Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced the plans this morning.
The plant will ramp up production of Tencel, a rayon-like fiber made from wood.
“The expansion will more than double current Tencel production in Axis, making it the largest production site in the world with a total capacity of 140,000 tons annually,” said Kevin Allen, site manager for Lenzing. “We are very proud to have in Axis the first-generation production site and now the most advanced, state-of-the-art facility in the same location.”
Plans are to have the plant operating in 2019.
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“This expansion in Tencel fiber capacity represents a unique milestone in the history of the Axis facility and for the Lenzing Group,” said Robert van de Kerkhof, chief commercial officer for Lenzing. “The investment of $293 million is part of our strategic growth program sCoreTEN announced a year ago. It underscores our commitment to all customers and consumers who want to make a positive impact as our Tencel fiber is recognized as world’s most sustainable botanic fiber for fashion and nonwoven products.”