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An Italian fabric manufacturer sets up manufacturing operations in Orangeburg County.

Pratrivero USA Inc., a division of Pratrivero Nonwovens, is investing $17.6 million and creating 34 new jobs in the former Mayer Industries building at 3777 Industrial Boulevard. Industrial Boulevard is near Exit 145 of Interstate 26.

The investment includes $6.5 million in buildings and $11.1 million in machinery and equipment. The 34 new jobs will be created over the next three years.

Based in Italy and family owned and operated for 14 generations, Pratrivero Nonwovens provides fabrics used in a variety of industries including furniture, banner advertising, footwear, packaging and the automotive industry.

Located at 3777 Boul. Industrial. in Orangeburg, Pratrivero USA’s Orangeburg County facility will produce stitchbond, a nonwoven fabric produced by mechanically bonding layers of fibers with continuous filaments. The facility will also include distribution operations.

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Operations are expected to go live in September 2022. Pratrivero USA is working with readySC to support future recruitment.

“Pratrivero USA is excited to be part of the Orangeburg County industrial family. We are very pleased with this new investment and believe that by choosing such a great location and working with the great people in this community, we will be successful,” said Pratrivero USA President Paolo Barberis Canonico.

“The approach taken by Orangeburg County to include a training program with the Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College to help us find and train people specifically for our industry is a tremendous benefit to Pratrivero USA and the people that we are going to hire.”

Orangeburg County Council unanimously gave third and final reading Monday to an incentive in lieu of taxes for a company previously known as Project Stallion. A public hearing also took place. There were no comments during the public hearing.

The council also gave unanimous first reading to an ordinance for the proposed entry into a joint county industrial park between Dorchester County.

The common county industrial park is not a physical park but an incentive mechanism used to attract economic development.

Pratrivero would be the 29th international company to set up shop in Orangeburg County. There are approximately 17 different countries with a manufacturing presence in Orangeburg County.

Officials welcomed the announcement:

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  • “Pratrivero USA’s new operation in Orangeburg County is another testament to South Carolina’s business-friendly environment and workforce. We are thrilled to have Pratrivero USA join our list of global companies operating in our state,” Governor Henry McMaster said.
  • “South Carolina has deep roots in the textile industry, and we are excited to continue that tradition with Pratrivero USA’s new operation in Orangeburg County. Congratulations to Pratrivero USA and the positive impact they are having on the Orangeburg community,” said Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey II.
  • “We are grateful for another economic development announcement in Orangeburg County. We value our international diversity because it makes us stronger as a state. This $17.6 million investment and the creation of 34 jobs is a wonderful way to kick off 2022. This Pratrivero USA announcement brings 28 foreign companies representing 17 countries to Orangeburg County. It is indeed a great day in our county. Thank you for your investment in our community. We appreciate you and look forward to a long-term relationship,” said Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright.
  • “We welcome Pratrivero USA to the strong community of successful businesses in Orangeburg County. The company’s commitment expands the reach of international operations in the county, as well as the growing textile industry. Thank you, Pratrivero USA, for your commitment to Orangeburg, and congratulations to our friends and partners in the county and beyond on today’s announcement,” said Central SC Alliance President W. Keller Kissam.

The origins of Pratrivero SpA, as it is known today, go back a long way.

The first official reference to a family’s textile business as fabric makers is documented in a manuscript from the municipality of Trivero, on August 20, 1663, according to the company’s website.

Ajmo Barbero, namesake of the family’s ancestors, is recorded on a payment made to the Duke of Savoy and the local feudal lord, made partly in cash and partly using a fabric, “the gray twill”, as purpose of payment, according to the company’s website.

The company also has a factory in Greenville, as well as two in Italy. The company’s Greenville plant specializes in interior filling and exterior covers and borders primarily for mattresses.

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Pratrivero’s arrival follows Turkish mattress company BRN Sleep Products’ announcement in July 2021 of plans to invest $4.3 million and create more than 300 new jobs in Orangeburg County in over the next five years.

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