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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by JC Location: VA on Jul 6, 2010 at 03:55 AM
    This article demonstrates part of the problem in this country. The factory owner has "mixed feelings" about making money. The media and "Progressives" have demonized money and success. He is manufacturing a necessary product and we should all be happy he was still in business. He is still employing 40 people and, maybe, if we're lucky he'll hire more. That's a GOOD thing!
  • by local on Jul 5, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    I just wish they would pick up their OWN TRASH after they've had fun littering it!!!! Like your cigarettes, bottles, fireworks and TENTS!
  • by POPPA Location: Winterville on Jul 5, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    BLESS YOUR HEART: Thankfully and hopefully this will create some new jobs for those that have lost thier way of feeding their families. Last week the paychecks for many have stopped coming for the unemployed. This could be a true blessing if we can keep the work here in the USA. POPPA
  • by MadMax Location: Tarboro on Jul 5, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    There is also a plant here in Tarboro that is making some things they are using in the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It's either Spongex or Nomaco. I have a friend that works there and he tells me they are really busy because of the oil spill.

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