Business Is Booming For NC Textile Plant Because Of Oil Spill

Business is booming for a North Carolina textile company that helps make the absorbent boom soaking up oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Supertex owner Edward W. Cumins told The News & Record of Greensboro that his company was on the brink of insolvency three years ago, but now his 40 employees at his Liberty plant work around the clock.

Supertex makes high-strength knit tubing, which contractors then stuff with absorbent material to make boom, which stretch for miles in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing oil before it reaches the beaches.

Cumins says he has mixed feelings making money on the catastrophe in the Gulf, but he's glad money used to clean up the spill is going to his company and not overseas.

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