- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) - Textile maker Polartec is moving part of its operations from Massachusetts to southeastern Tennessee.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/2aPXref ) that the company best known for inventing fleece materials for companies like Patagonia, North Face and LL Bean is adding nearly 150 jobs at its Cleveland factory.

Polartec President Gary Smith says the $10 million investment in to the United Knitting Mills site in Cleveland will bring total employment to 200 people by next year.

Smith cited Tennessee’s “business friendly environment” including lower energy and tax costs compared with Massachusetts, where the company employs about 300 people in Lawrence.

Polartec is the successor company to the 110-year-old Maldin Mills in New England.

Jerry Miller, the former head of United Knitting Mills, will remain in charge of Polartec’s Tennessee operations.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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