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AstenJohnson Announces Acquisition of Foss Manufacturing Company’s (Northern Division)
July 26, 2017

July 26, 2017. Charleston, SC ….. AstenJohnson Holdings, Ltd., global supplier of innovative products and technical solutions, today announced its acquisition of the Northern Division of Foss Manufacturing Company, LLC for an undisclosed sum. Marking this occasion, Foss Manufacturing (Northern Division) will become Foss Performance Materials. This new name signifies an important step for Foss Manufacturing Company, our customers and stakeholders.

Foss Manufacturing Company is one of the industry’s leading providers and pioneers in the use of needlepunch nonwoven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers. Foss Manufacturing Company employs 420 people, with manufacturing facilities in Hampton, New Hampshire.

The acquisition of Foss Manufacturing Company supports AstenJohnson’s plans for growth with a vision to become world leader in needle punch nonwovens. Kevin Frank, CEO of AstenJohnson, said “the purchase of Foss Manufacturing (Northern Division) is a key step in the transformation of AstenJohnson as we enter into new markets for High Performance Materials. We will have two strong pillars to our company going forward – one in paper machine clothing and the other in nonwovens”. Steve Polston, President – Nonwovens for AstenJohnson, noted “This transaction furthers AstenJohnson’s strategy to build a significant second segment to the Company. The addition of Foss Performance Materials expands our participation in new markets and allows us to couple Foss’ reputation for innovation with AstenJohnson and Eagle Nonwovens’ focus on operational excellence.”

AstenJohnson will continue to operate the business with the workforce in place.

Foss Manufacturing Company CEO, A.J. Nassar, commented, “We are delighted to leave our North business division and employees in the very capable hands of AstenJohnson, a company that has been in business for over 200 years. This sale will allow us to concentrate all our resources in the Georgia operations, and continue our expansion of products, innovations and capabilities in the flooring industry.”

Eagle Nonwovens Announces Expansion
May 24, 2016

Due to continued growth in 2014 and early 2015, Eagle Nonwovens ordered its fourth six-meter wide Dilo Systems Group needlepunch line. Anticipated delivery of the new equipment is August 2016. This new line is similar to Eagle’s existing production lines, but with the latest upgrades allowing Eagle to continue growing in new markets.

A 22,000 square foot expansion is underway to accommodate the new line and is expected to be completed in July 2016. This expansion brings Eagle’s world-class facility to 193,000 square feet.

Eagle Nonwovens produced over 22 million pounds of needlepunch nonwovens in 2015 and the addition of the new production line will bring total capacity to 40 million pounds annually.

AstenJohnson acquires Eagle Nonwovens business
December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014.  Charleston, SC ….. AstenJohnson, a premier supplier of paper machine clothing, filaments, specialty and filtration fabrics, and equipment for the paper industry, today completed the acquisition of Eagle Nonwovens, Inc. in the USA.

Eagle Nonwovens is known for producing consistent, high-quality products and delivering them with fast service.  The company has also gained a reputation for creative problem solving by developing innovative needlepunch solutions for the aerospace, automotive, healthcare, filtration, and home furnishings industries. It manufactures products in its 170,000 square-foot facility in St. Louis, Missouri.  The plant utilizes state-of-the-art Dilo Systems production equipment with in-line calendering, heat setting, singeing, glazing, etc.  The facility is capable of processing more than 30 million pounds of synthetic fiber each year.

The Eagle Nonwovens business unit reports to Steve Polston, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AstenJohnson.  Gregg Badami, Founder of Eagle Nonwovens, will continue with the company throughout a transition period.

“We are excited to welcome Eagle Nonwovens into our family of businesses,” says Dan Cappell, President and Chief Executive Officer of AstenJohnson.  “This is yet another opportunity to offer customers an array of high performance products, technical expertise, and innovative solutions. The workforce at Eagle Nonwovens is highly engaged and professional, and shares our commitment to Lean Manufacturing and Quality.”

Eagle Nonwovens Inc. Adds 3rd 6.0 Meter Wide
Needlepunch Line
February 18, 2012

Eagle Nonwovens ordered its third 6.0 meter wide Dilo Group needlepunch line in November of 2011. Anticipated delivery of the new line is early July 2012. The newest line is similar to Eagle’s existing lines, but with some additional features that will provide opportunities for expansion into new markets.

A 45,000 Sq.Ft. addition is also scheduled, with completion expected in June 2012. The latest expansion will bring Eagle’s facility to just over 170,000 Sq.Ft.

Eagle Nonwovens produced 22 million pounds of needlepunch nonwovens in 2011 on its two existing 6.0 meter wide Dilo Group lines. The new line coming on-stream in the third quarter of this year will bring total needlepunch capacity to over 30 million pounds annually.

Eagle Nonwovens, Inc. Announce Capital Expansion Plans
February 4, 2003

In response to rapid growth during the last three quarters of 2002, Executives at Eagle Nonwovens, Inc. announce capital expansion plans. A six-meter wide, Dilo System Group, needlepunch line has been purchased. The new line will produce felt ranging from 3.0 to 50.0 ounces per square yard, from 0.020″ to 0.375″ thick, and up to 200″ wide. Capable of processing as much as ten million pounds per year, the new equipment doubles the company’s current capacity. Executives expect the line to be operational by the third quarter of 2003.

To accommodate the impending increase in business, their 82,000 square foot facility will also be expanded. Plans for a 60,000 square foot addition are being finalized. Design and construction contracts are being negotiated at present. The company’s nine-acre site in a new industrial park can easily house the anticipated expansion.

Eagle Nonwovens, Inc. started producing materials in August of 2000. Providing innovative design solutions to technical needlepunch end users in the aerospace, automotive, health care, filtration, and home furnishings industries. The company will continue to focus on increasing market share in established markets. Following a successful strategy of lean, cost effective manufacturing, the company filled the first line’s capacity after only eighteen months.