INDIAN TRAIL – When Fisher Textiles went looking for a new location for its headquarters, the homegrown supplier of fabrics for digital printing didn’t have to look far. About a little over a mile in fact.
Fisher Textiles broke ground April 25 on its planned $4.5 million new headquarters on Matthews-Indian Trail Road. Employees and local leaders attended the ceremony.
“It’s a good day,” President Scott Fisher said. “This will be our third location in Union County and every time, we have gotten bigger, which is good. This move is a little more significant because it’s going to bring a different dimension to Fisher Textiles, like first-class office space and some meeting areas, showrooms that hopefully will help us expand the business.”
Fisher Textiles employs 31 people in Indian Trail but that number is expected to increase with a new headquarters.
“With the extra office space, I definitely feel we will need more people,” Fisher said.
Union County Board of Commissioners chairman Jerry Simpson said the county provided a small economic incentive grant to help with the project. Cummings Construction of Union County is building the project.
“Fisher Textiles has not only made an investment in the economy, but they have made an investment in our community and the lives of their employees,” Simpson said. “For that, we are extremely grateful.”
CEO Larry Fisher Sr. founded Fisher Textiles in 1988 in Union County. The company has warehouse operations in Carson, Calif. and Toronto, Canada.
The new headquarters will be built adjacent to a 23,000-square foot warehouse the company currently operates. The addition will add about 60,000-square feet. Fisher’s current headquarters is about 40,000 square feet.
“The new addition will basically surround this one (warehouse),” said James Gay, operations director. “There will be an office area in front and then manufacturing and storage on the far side and in the back.”
Gay said the company hasn’t made a decision on what to do with its current headquarters and manufacturing facility but selling or leasing the property is a possibility.
“If there is an issue with storage here (new headquarters), we may keep it or keep part of it,” Gay said.
Fisher Textiles fabrics are used for applications on apparel, awnings, backlit, pool tables and gaming, block out, double-sided banners, fine art, flags, geometric displays, outdoor, photographic backdrops, point of purchase banners, pop-up booths, roll-up banner stands, table covers and trade show exhibits.
“It’s big in retail,” Gay said. “It is used almost exclusively every year at the Super Bowl, and it used at college bowl games.”