BIDDEFORD — WestPoint Stevens said Wednesday it plans a $7.5 million expansion at its York Street blanket factory, adding an assembly line that could pave the way for up to 50 new jobs during the next two years.
The company said the expansion is designed to increase the plant’s output of blankets made from Vellux, a frosty, velvety synthetic that has long been among its top sellers.
The factory produced 4.6 million blankets last year, and the expansion is expected to raise production capacity to 7 million.
The plant employs 350 people who work three shifts. The expansion could create 15 to 20 jobs immediately, with the potential of up to 50 over the next two years.
“For 30 years now, consumers have been getting to know Vellux and its popularity continues to grow,” said Robert Gehm, senior vice president. “Strong demand for this durable and affordable fashion product is the driving force behind this expansion.”