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Fil-Tec to add 25 more jobs

July 16, 1999|By ERIN HEATH

CAVETOWN, Md. - Fil-Tec Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialized custom fibers, will add 25 new manufacturing jobs in Cavetown over the next six months, according to company President Ted Schoeck.

Fil-Tec moved into a new 36,000-square-foot building on its property earlier this month. Of the 25 new jobs being created, 10 have already been filled, Schoeck said.

"We got to be so crowded, and we knew we needed new space," he said.

Among Fil-Tec's products are industrial threads and yarns, high-temperature gaskets, high performance wicks and material for fiber optics and the aviation industry.

Fil-Tec exports to 38 countries and makes material for such customers as furniture makers, cable makers, sporting goods manufacturers and aerospace and railroad companies, Schoeck said.

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One of its customers is NASA, which uses Fil-Tec's fibers to put heat shields in space shuttles.

The expansion was necessary after the company started moving into the fiber optics and home furnishings industries last year, Schoeck said. Fil-Tec also started developing new products for upholstered furniture.

"For this to grow to over 100 people shows that this company is committed to Washington County," said Tom Riford, marketing director for the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

Riford said Fil-Tec's status as a "world leader" in specialized custom fibers is "one of those little-known secrets."

The company is not as well-known as it could be, Schoeck said, because "all of our products are components of other products."

Fil-Tec began in 1978. Before the expansion, it had 75 employees.

Part of Fil-Tec's new building is being leased to another manufacturer, the Viba Co., which makes products for the feminine hygiene industry.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building is scheduled for September, Schoeck said.

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