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Parker Poe Helps Mogul Establish First North American Operation

$17.6 million investment, creating 38 new jobs

  • Firm News
  • September 09, 2015

Economic development professionals and attorneys with the Business Investment & Incentives Group at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP and Parker Poe Consulting are helping Turkish non-woven fabric maker Mogul establish its first North American operation in Laurens County, South Carolina.

The company is purchasing a 91,000-square-foot facility at 100 ISO Poly Parkway in the Town of Gray Court with plans to invest $17.6 million and create 38 new jobs when the plant is fully operational in the second quarter of 2016. Mogul is based in Gaziantep, Turkey, and is a global leader in the production of nonwovens, including the spunlace and spunbond products like BICO PET Spunbond nonwovens which are to be produced under the Buffalo brand at its new Upstate South Carolina facility. They’ll be used for medical, hygienic and personal wet-wipes applications.

“We’re thrilled to be here. This expansion will allow us to better serve our North American customers and we plan to expand our capacities there to include more of our diverse product portfolio, including spunbond and meltblown nonwovens as well as coated and laminated fabrics,” says Ekrem Kayali, who founded Mogul in 1997 and serves as its Chairman.

“Mogul is an innovative leader in the new wave of advanced materials production worldwide. We’re excited they’re bringing that vision here to the Southeast US and pleased to have been able to help Mr. Kayali and his company secure the right location and other critical business conditions they needed to make this strategic decision for their company,” says Sam Moses, a Partner with Parker Poe and Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Incentives & Investment Group, “We join with Mogul in thanking all the private and public sector economic development allies in the State of South Carolina for making this European investment become a reality.”

“South Carolina just continues to build on its global reputation as a welcoming place for new and long-established international companies to expand and prosper. Working with a forward-thinking, ambitious firm like Mogul coming here to our region has been particularly gratifying,” says Elizabeth Gibbes, a Partner with Parker Poe in Charleston.

“We are thankful to have had the opportunity to provide support to Mogul in the process of locating to Gray Court.  We are excited about their potential for success here in the US market,” says Mark Simmons, a Principal with Parker Poe Consulting, a wholly owned subsidiary of Parker Poe that provides diverse economic development services to clients across the U.S. and in Mexico.

About Mogul
Mogul is a Turkish-based, family owned company located in Gaziantep, Turkey. Mogul was founded in 1997. Mogul operates two manufacturing plants in Gaziantep and a new production facility close to Istanbul area. The company's product offerings consist of: spunlace, PP spunbond nonwovens, PET spunbond nonwovens, meltblown nonwovens, SM-SMS-MMM grades, extrusion coated/laminated fabrics, PEVA film and converted products made from nonwovens and composites. Mogul is ranked among the Top 1,000 exporter companies and industrial companies (for turnover) in Turkey. Mogul is ranked among top 40 nonwovens producers in the world as per Nonwoven Industry Magazine ranking for 2013. For more information, visit www.mogulsb.com.

About Parker Poe
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP has approximately 200 lawyers in five offices located in major markets across North Carolina and South Carolina. The firm provides legal counsel to large commercial and public organizations on litigation, corporate and regulatory matters.
For more information, please visit http://www.parkerpoe.com/.


About Parker Poe Consulting LLC
Parker Poe Consulting LLC is a South Carolina limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP. Parker Poe Consulting offers a full complement of services, including site selection and incentives negotiation, government relations, legislative monitoring, economic development, crisis management, and image counseling – to support some of the world's most prestigious companies. Clients include healthcare companies, manufacturers, public utilities, higher education institutions, counties and municipalities, as well as association management, among others.