Fine Cotton Factory, is targeting the mattress category for growth, both in Canada and in the United States, and it has backed its ambitious growth plans with a big expansion of its factory here.
The company doubled its footprint to 80,000 square feet to accommodate 70 knitting machines, including high speed decorative mattress ticking machines, and boosted its mattress ticking capacity to half a million yards per month. It also opened a 5,000-square-foot showroom, a sample room and a design studio.
Skip Kann, the textile veteran who is director of special projects for the company said that they rebuilt their entire factory to increase space and production capabilities and significantly enhanced their ability to produce high-quality fabrics for their U.S. customers.
Fine Cotton Factory, whose product line encompasses far more than just cotton fabrics, produces decorative ticking for every type of mattress, and uses a wide variety of yarns, designs, colors and performance finishes. The companyâ€™s technical staff helps the companyâ€™s customers sort through the numerous choices to find the fabrics best for their use.
Technical expertise has long been a hallmark of the company.
Biren Patel started as a knitting technician at age 22, and immediately began modifying the companyâ€™s knitting machines to make them more adaptable to the needs of the companyâ€™s customers. He brings his engineering know-how to his job as president of Fine Cotton Factory.
Today the company prides itself on its state-of-the-art technology and its deep knowledge of textiles.
Fine Cotton Factory got off to a fast start as a supplier to the textile industry, supplying fabrics to such well-known brands as Gap, Adidas, Reebok, Brooks and Nike.
Harish Patel, CEO, focused on apparel textiles in the early days of the business at Fine Cotton Factory. His skills in the areas of administration, sales, purchasing and financing helped put the business on a solid footing, and his extensive experience in the textile industry, gained at a knitting factory in Toronto, has been vital to Fine Cotton Factoryâ€™s success.
Biren Patel has made environmental stewardship a priority at the company. The company produces eco-friendly textiles and fabrics, recycles waste raw materials and fabrics, and operates â€œclean roomsâ€ in his facility. The company uses a number of organic fabrics and organic, biodegradable dyes.
They work with Skip Kann, the consultant who is director of special projects and business development. Heâ€™s been in the textile industry for decades, and is an expert in dyeing, finishing, and textile performance and testing. He played a key role in the development of stonewashing for denim blue jeans while working with Lee Jeans.
The Patels and Kann form a close-knit team, one focused on helping the company grow its business around the world, in Canada and in the key U.S. market. Kann is spearheading the companyâ€™s growth push in the decorative mattress ticking market in the U.S.
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