Beverley Knits, one of the largest circular knitters in the US, has enhanced its manufacturing operation with the installation of a new fabric finishing business. Established as a new company, Altus Finishing will offer finishing services for the mattress ticking, industrial and apparel markets offering services such as dyeing, heat-setting, tumbling, shearing and specialty coatings.

“Beverly Knits is excited to add dyeing, finishing and coating to our manufacturing capabilities,” said Ron Sytz, Owner of Beverly Knits and Altus Finishing. “The Altus Finishing team is experienced in many markets and will complement the capabilities of the Beverly Knits companies including Creative Fabrics and Creative Ticking.”

The Altus Finishing leadership team includes Kenny Golden, who will manage the company as President with Wim De Baudringhien serving as Executive Vice President and Jackie Tweedy as Plant Manager.

Robert and JoAnn Sytz Founded Beverly Knits in 1980. The company has been owned since 2004 by Ron Sytz, who is the company’s Chief Executive Officer, and his wife, Janet, who serves as Chief Financial Officer.

Beverly Knits is one of the largest circular knitters in the US, supplying some of the market’s leading brands of performance wear, athletic footwear, and intimate apparel. The ability to innovate and respond quickly to changing demands has been a hallmark of Beverly Knits since its founding, the company says.

The company currently operates 250 circular knitting machines, which produce 30 mn sqr yards of fabric annually. The company’s manufacturing and warehousing facilities cover 310,000 sqr feet in four buildings located in Gastonia, North Carolina. Approximately 60 per cent of Beverly Knits’ current production is devoted to apparel and 25 per cent to mattress ticking. The balance is split among automotive, medical and industrial fabrics, including those used for lamination and agriculture. Beverly Knits began producing fire barrier fabrics for mattresses in 1994. In response to the increased popularity of foam mattresses, the company founded Creative Ticking in 2006 to sell its products directly to mattress manufacturers.