Millliken closes manufacturing location between Augusta and Savannah


A Georgia manufacturing site that served as the epicenter for a chemical release that killed thousands of fish in the Ogeechee River soon plans to shutter and relocate to another state.

Millliken & Company, which owns a Sylvania-based textile manufacturing facility, is closing that location’s doors and moving its operations to South Carolina. It purchased the former King American Fishing plant in 2014.

According to a news release issued Wednesday from the manufacturer, Millliken is moving all production lines to its “expanded and modernized” Magnolia Plant located in Blacksburg, SC, to grow Westex, its flame-resistant textiles and workwear brand.

While the company is ceasing operations at the facility about halfway between Augusta and Savannah, Millikn said it will retain and maintain the Sylvania property, known as the Longleaf property, for the foreseeable future.

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