published Thursday, July 28th, 2011

SSM Industries expands, to add 25 workers in Spring City

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    Fabric is tested in a pilling machine at SSM Industries Inc. at the fabric plant in Spring City in this file photo. Some of the uses for the fabric manufactured by SSM is for military backpacks and military gloves.

A Spring City, Tenn., textile company announced today that it will undergo a $3 million expansion expected to eventually add 25 jobs.

SSM Industries, a 19-year-old supplier of flame resistant fiber fabrics, plans to immediately add 13 employees to its current 90-employee staff, according to an announcement from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Eventually, the 45,000-square-foot plant addition should add up to 25 more workers.

SSM fabrics are used by the United States military as well as in industries such as fire and rescue, auto racing and gas and electric utility. Paul Chandler, SSM vice president of industrial development, said the addition will enable SSM Industries to create specialized yarns to enhance its offering of highly technical protective fabrics.

“This expansion will take SSM Industries to the next level in the textile manufacturing industry, and we are excited about the opportunities this expansion will allow us,” Chandler said.

In a prepared statement, Economic Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said the expansion is part of the state’s renewed effort to promote growth of existing industry in Tennessee.

“Under Gov. Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan, we have intensified our economic development efforts surrounding existing Tennessee companies, as they are by far the major job creators in the state and the driving force behind growing our economy,” Hagerty said.

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