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Polartec officially opens in Cleveland

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UPDATE:  Monday morning federal, state, county, and local officials gathered for the official opening of Polartec Tennessee Manufacturing.

Polartec is a 109-year old textile company that designs fabrics. They are most known for their invention of polar fleece. 

In 2015, Polartec purchased Cleveland's "United Knitting* which makes stretch fabrics for fitness, military and workwear markets.

Since then the company has added 200 jobs to the area and plans to continue the growth. 


PREVIOUS STORY: The Massachusetts developer and manufacturer of a special fleece fabric used in popular outdoors and military winter clothing said Friday that it would close its original factory in Lawrence, MA, and move about 200 jobs to Cleveland, TN.

Polartec LLC, formerly known as Malden Mills, purchased the Cleveland-based United Knitting L.P. in late September, and said shortly thereafter that it would be moving some production and equipment there.

But Friday's announcement that the Lawrence mill — which had famously been rebuilt while all its workers continued to be paid after a 1995 fire — would now be closed took the community by shock, according to various media and union reports.

Former Chief Executive Officer Aaron Feuerstein kept the nearly 3,000 workers on the payroll and paid for their health insurance during the rebuilding.

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