ARC Announces $400,000 Investment to Provide Equipment and Support for North Carolina’s Textile Industry

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced $300,000 in grants to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and provide support for production facilities in Western North Carolina’s textile industry. The investments, issued in the form of two grants, will allot $200,000 to the Manufacturing Solutions Center, a division of Catawba Valley Community College in Burke County; and $100,000 to Industrial Commons and the Carolina Textile District (CTD), a Morganton-based multi-state network of small and medium-sized textile and apparel manufacturers. The funding will specifically help purchase advanced equipment, including a state-of-the-art Gerber cutter, and support a value chain network that benefits textile producers across the region.