MARIETTA, GA, September 9, 2010—Wools of New Zealand is pleased to announce partnerships with several leading wool spinners and dyers in North America—Capelsie Mills, Lemieux Spinning, Skein Dyed Services and Southern Yarns.
Globally, Wools of New Zealand has 102 mill partners and 15 spinner and dyer partners. These partners agree to purchase wool through Wools of New Zealand’s supply chain and maintain the integrity of Laneve brand wool, which is traceable all the way back to source. Laneve wool comes from partner farms that meet accredited standards for sustainability, land management and animal welfare. From scour, through to manufacture, Laneve wool must be kept separate from other wool to maintain its accredited status.
The new partners bring specialized skills and established reputations for excellence to the process.
Capelsie Mills is the yarn spinning division for Capel Rugs in Troy, NC. “We have been custom spinning carpet yarns specifically for our braided rugs in this division for over 60 years,” explains Richard Capel, director of manufacturing. “Recently, we started selling these yarns to carpet mills in Dalton” Capel notes. “We are very excited to partner with Wool of New Zealand. We receive the fiber from New Zealand (which comes in bales) and custom spin it to the size and twist our customers request with very short lead times. We are very hopeful that the Wools of New Zealand Laneve brand will open new markets for us.”
Lemieux Spinning is ready to handle quantities from 500 to 10,000 lbs of wool, making it a great niche spinner for high-end manufacturers, according to Serge Lemieux, president of the Quebec-based spinning and dyeing operation. “Being a Wools of New Zealand partner in the Laneve brand will bring us business from mills that want to develop Laneve products. We have already gotten an order from a new customer,” Lemieux states. “Laneve wool is brought in by the order and we keep careful track of it from receipt to shipping. We can spin it into whatever type of yarn is desired by the mill.”
New Zealand wool is the world’s whitest wool with excellent dyeing characteristics, resulting in long-lasting shades from jewel-tones to pastels. Southern Yarn Dyers, Cartersville, GA, offers custom dyeing for high fashion products. Southern Yarn Dyers buys wool that has been spun and maintains an inventory for its mill customers, explains John Whittenburg, company president. “Our customers bring us their color lines and we dye according to their instructions,” says Whittenburg.
“We are a high end dyer and the best wool is from New Zealand. Some programs cut the wool with other fibers to make a cheaper product. We want to help maintain the value of New Zealand wool. The Laneve brand supports the industry all the way back to the farmer,” stresses Whittenburg.
Skein Dyeing Services, Dalton, GA, provides custom dyeing for lots as small as five pounds to as large as 3000 pounds. “Partnering with Wools of New Zealand and dyeing its Laneve yarn means we can give our customers the very best,” says Perry Elrod, executive vice president of Skein Dyeing Services. With the Laneve partnership, they (the manufacturers) can use the yarn ‘their’ customers really want.”
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Wools of New Zealand
PO Box 669273
Marietta, GA 30066
770-649-7699 / www.woolsnz.com