Revitalizing The Palmetto State’s Textile Industry

Fiber Industries, the largest domestic producer of high-quality polyester staple fiber, on Tuesday announced the establishment of Darlington Green, a sustainability hub for textiles and packaging manufacturing and related research, development, and innovation.


“We are aligning our brand and purpose with our potential,” said Don Bockoven, CEO of Darling Fibers. “Our goal is to build on our rich heritage as an organization by fostering innovation and spurring productivity while preserving and enhancing the environment. We envision accelerating the growth and resilience of America’s textiles and packaging industries through collaboration and partnership.”


According to Bockoven, since restarting the former Wellman business in 2020, the company has retooled long-dormant manufacturing lines, reestablished industry relationships, and refined its strategy for high-quality low-carbon product development.


Today, Darling Fibers’ one-million-square-foot polyester manufacturing facility can process a range of raw materials through finished goods. While currently serving customers with existing inventory, Darling Fibers has been actively engaging new customers to further scale its production of polyester fiber and chip.

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