At the end of 2011, Blair finished the New Manufacturing Phase at McAirlaid’s North America in Rocky Mount, VA. This fast-track project began negotiations almost two years prior and broke ground on footings in the spring. The completed project includes operating bridge cranes, a completed mezzanine, and the new process equipment assembled by a crew of international workers. The new 66,000 square foot facility is the new home of McAirlaids. This factory is the company’s first outside of Germany. It also will function as McAirlaid’s North American corporate headquarters. The company, based in Steinfurt in western Germany, makes airlaid, a nonwoven, absorbent material used in diapers, bed liners, feminine hygiene products, gauze pads, packaging and other products. Blair was pleased to reach final completion before spring broke.