Mill started to save jobs celebrates 10 years

Published 9:59 pm Monday, June 30, 2008

By Staff
Story by Lisa Tindell
In a world where “downsizing” has become a buzzword, one Brewton business is celebrating a milestone and looking forward to growth.
Howard's comments came as the company's 35 employees and their families celebrated the tenth anniversary of Nutex Manufacturing Co. in Brewton.
Nutex was established in 1998, just one year after Sheltex closed in the same location, Howard said.
That group consisted of Roy Shiver, who was serving as plant manager for Sheltex at the time it closed; Bob McMillan, James Evans and Glen McFadden, Howard said.
Keeping the plant open was important to the founders and employees, Howard said.
After a year's absence in the world of webbing and strapping manufacturing, Nutex started up with some of the same employees who had been working at the location for decades.
Manufacturing by Nutex includes a variety of items similar to the items previously manufactured at the mill, Howard said.
Keith Hawkes has been working at the facility for 26 years and said he is happy to call Nutex home.
Doris Frazier has worked in the same business for 40 years and is maintaining her career under the Nutex name.
Howard said the company is currently grossing near the $3 million mark annually.
Nutex Manufacturing began as Bonita Weaving in 1929 and has seen several name changes over the years including Brewton Weaving, Glen Knitting and Sheltex.