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12/06/2019 – Milliken & Company — auf Deutsch lesen

New owner of Polartec

Milliken & Company to acquire Polartec. Brand acquisition bolsters Milliken’s capabilities to include fleece, performance textiles.

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Polartec – a view into the production © Christopher Payne, Polartec

 

Milliken & Company (“Milliken”), a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of textile expertise, announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Polartec, LLC (“Polartec”), a strong global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management, LLC (“Versa”). The acquisition is expected to close in June. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, the Polartec brand carries a respected portfolio of fabric technologies for outdoor apparel, from performance-driven and consumer-focused textiles, to flame-resistant, workwear and military-grade fabrics. The addition of the Polartec brand – particularly its outdoor and fleece textiles – rounds out Milliken’s comprehensive portfolio, allowing the company to deliver unprecedented access to a range of performance textiles for consumers, industrial workers and military personnel around the world.

Halsey Cook, president and CEO of Milliken & Company:

“Polartec brings a wealth of new and respected outdoor textile expertise to complement Milliken’s strengths. The strategic acquisition broadens our textile capabilities with a product offering to now include fleece and soft-shell outerwear, among others, allowing us to grow in new and exciting spaces.“

Gary Smith, CEO of Polartec:

“With more than 150 years of textile innovation, Milliken is the best possible ‘natural owner’ of a brand with Polartec’s pedigree. I look forward to supporting the integration. I’m grateful to Versa Capital Management for their support in realizing Polartec’s full potential, and I'm extremely proud of the global Polartec team for their dedication and hard work that put the company in the position it is in today.”

Jeff Price, president of Milliken’s Performance and Protective Textiles Division:

“We look forward to growing Polartec’s strong brand at Milliken. Polartec expands our regional manufacturing reach and grows our technological expertise, enabling us to further deliver innovative performance textiles to the global market.”

Since 2007 Polartec belonged to Versa

Versa acquired the assets of the former Malden Mills in 2007 through the then 101-year-old textile manufacturer’s third reorganization. Working with management, the business was transformed, renaming the company Polartec, reorienting it toward a technology- and innovation-led growth strategy, and revamping the company’s leadership, operations, manufacturing footprint and customer relationships.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.

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