AstenJohnson to update Laurens County manufacturing operations

Officials from press fabrics producer AstenJohnson Inc. have announced plans for a $32 million upgrade of the company's Laurens County manufacturing facility.

“The plan for new equipment in Clinton shows AstenJohnson’s commitment to the continued growth of our press fabrics division," AstenJohnson Press Business Leader Bob Huckhe said.

The funds will go toward new equipment over the next five years, the most major of which will be a new needle loom to be installed in 2016. 

“It is good to have an existing business expand in Laurens County,” said Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Wood. 

Laurens County Development Corp. Chairman Stan Bryson agreed. 

“AstenJohnson is a longtime member of our community, and it is great to see them continue to grow in Laurens County," he said.

AstenJohnson's headquarters are in Charleston and the Laurens County plant is at 400 Asten Road in Clinton. The company's roots go back to 1790, when it was founded by the Johnson family as Manchester Wire Works in Manchester, England. A century later, the Asten family established the Asten Manufacturing Co. in Belgium. The firm now operates locations all over the globe and employs 2,000 people.

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