U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., recently toured the new textile manufacturing operations of Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, a printable fabrics manufacturer, in Yorkville, Illinois.
The company moved into the new 124,000-square-foot facility last year after having been in the same location in nearby Aurora, Illinois for the past 133 years. Dan LaTurno, president of ASTG, gave the Congressman and his entourage a tour of the factory, including showing him the new ultra wide width coating operations. There was also a question-and-answer session with several members of the plant’s senior management staff.
“It was a distinct honor to host Congressman Hultgren today and display our world-class textile processing operation,” says Dan LaTurno, president of ASTG. “We at Aurora strive every day to prove that a successful textile operation can operate in North America. Thanks to Meridian’s continued support and investment in next generation textile technologies, our mission to double our sales by 2021 is well within reach.”
Aurora Specialty Textiles is one of five companies operating under the umbrella of the parent company, Milwaukee-based Meridian Industries Inc.
Founded in 1883 on the west side of the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois, ASTG operated solely as a bleaching operation before adding finishing, dyeing and coating capabilities by the late 1950’s. Today, the company provides a wide range of coating, finishing and dying capabilities to the global textile industry and manufactures a wide range of printable textiles designed to work optimally with the latest digital print technologies.
Up until about a year ago, the company maintained operations solely in the Aurora plant. But seeing new opportunities emerging–and the need to invest in new equipment and technology to support ultra wide-width coating–company leadership decided to invest in a new plant and equipment. At the same time, they felt it important to maintain operations within commuting distance of the existing plant and began looking for facilities nearby. With the move to Yorkville, ASTG also began adding new employees, while training existing ones to operate a new generation of textile equipment.
The new plant features the EHWHA ultra wide-width coating and finishing line, which works easily with a broad range of woven and non-woven materials up to 134” wide. The EHWHA enhances Aurora’s ability to serve both current and new customers.
Along with moving into the new location last year the company also recently updated its logo.