Wetekam Monofilaments USA LP has purchased a 93,000 ft2 facility in the Jefferson County Industrial Park in Dandridge, Tenn., where it will manufacture industrial monofilament yarns through a high-tech extrusion process. According to the company, it will hire 32 workers and invest several million dollars in the new facility.

"We are excited about expanding to Dandridge and opening our first United States manufacturing facility," says Karl Wetekam, CEO of Dr Karl Wetekam & CO KG, the U.S. operation's parent company. "We have been in business for almost 50 years in Germany and have seen our product lines and international markets grow. The Jefferson County facility will better serve our existing North American customers and help expand our U.S. customer base."

Established in 1965, Wetekam Monofilaments is one of the largest monofilament yarn manufacturers in Europe. Currently, 45 percent of its production is for export; 30 percent of production is estimated to be for the North American market. The Jefferson County facility will assume production responsibilities for U.S., Canadian and South American customers.

In Germany, Wetekam operates an in-house laboratory and technical facilities to perform tests required by customers to determine exact properties, including strength and flexibility. A similar laboratory will be a part of the Dandridge plant. With its technologies and highly developed production methods, Wetekam individually optimizes products that have been customized according to customer specifications.