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Collins Tours Parkdale Manufacturing Facility in Rabun Gap

Oct 3, 2019
Press Release

Rabun Gap, GA—Rep. Doug Collins (GA-09) visited Parkdale's recently expanded and upgraded plant in Rabun Gap, one of the largest recent investments in the U.S. textile industry.

“Northeast Georgia has long been home to a robust textile industry, and it is heartening to see companies like Parkdale continuing the proud legacy in our region. Parkdale’s commitment to growth and innovation is felt not only by the hardworking Georgians they employ, but by the manufacturing industry as a whole,” said Collins. “I’m proud of the major investment they’ve made here in Rabun County, and I’m appreciative of the opportunity to visit their facility today.”

“This plant represents one of the largest textile investments in North America over the last five years,” said Daniel Nation, Director of Government Relations at Parkdale. “U.S. manufacturing is the bedrock of our economy and textile producers like Parkdale have made a strong commitment to investment and jobs as evidenced by our recent completion of a $101-million upgrade to our plant in Rabun Gap. It is now one of the most modern, automated open-end spinning factories in the world. We thank Congressman Collins for his continued support of the textile industry."

Georgia ranks number one in textile employment nationally, contributing 50,645 textile jobs across the state. Capital expenditures in plants such as Parkdale’s facility in Rabun Gap have helped drive the overall investment of $20 billion in the industry over the past decade.