Pro Towels expanding Abbeville County operations


Pro Towels, a leading towel supplier for the promotional product industry, announced Tuesday it is expanding its operations in Abbeville County, South Carolina.

The $1.7-million expansion endeavor is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next five years.

"Pro Towels has long enjoyed an excellent relationship with Abbeville County and the state of South Carolina," Pro Towels President Kevin Nord said. "We appreciate the cooperation that both have demonstrated as we continue to grow our business. Abbeville has been an ideal home for us, and the strength of the local community and its high-quality workforce will continue to be the backbone of our success. We look forward to a bright future in Abbeville with this expansion.”

Pro Towels, based in Pittsburgh, was launched in 2006 when Towels, Etc. purchased Professional Towel Mills. The company strives to provide customers with high quality promotional items such as beach, golf, fitness and rally towels as well as bathrobes, blankets and sweatshirts.

"It’s always exciting when a company decides to expand its operations in our state," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said. "With this $1.7 million investment, Pro Towels is creating 50 new jobs and demonstrating their commitment to South Carolina."

Pro Towels also operates a facility in California. Last month, the company acquired Vancouver, Canada-based Kanata Blanket Co. Pro Towels officials said Kanata's operations will be partially relocated to Pro Towels' 300,000-square-foot Abbeville County plant at 234 Industrial Park Road in Abbeville.

To meet the demand for increased production, the building will be upfitted and new machinery will be installed. The projected completion date for the project is the fourth quarter of 2020. Hiring for new positions should start in mid-2016.

Job applications can only be submitted online. For more information on Pro Towels or job openings at the company, visit www.protowels.com.

“Pro Towels has been a large part of Abbeville County for many years, and it is exciting to see their continued commitment to our community," said Abbeville County Council Chairman Bryan McClain.

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