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MLily USA Expands in SC

First U.S. facility: MLily USA opens mattress factory in S.C.

Ty Davenport, left, director of Fairfield County Economic Development; Chad Reinsel, MLily USA; Mayor Roger Gaddy, Winnsboro, S.C.; Annie McDaniel, S.C. representative; Mike Fanning, S.C. senator; James Ni, Healthcare Co.; Bobby Hitt, S.C. Secretary of Commerce; Cornelius Robinson, chairman of Fairfield County Council; Stephen Chen and Suns Jian, both of MLily USA.

WINNSBORO, S.C. — Fast-growing MLily USA recently opened its first U.S.-based mattress manufacturing facility here, preparing to serve customers in the North America market.

The company, a unit of China-based Healthcare Co., spent about $48 million to open and equip the new factory in Fairfield County, just north of the state capital of Columbia.

More than 200 state and local officials and bedding suppliers and executives were on hand for the grand-opening celebration, which featured comments by James Ni, the chairman and CEO of Healthcare.

“James always saw a huge opportunity in the U.S.,” said Stephen Chen, president of MLily USA. “That vision has come true today.”

Ni said the U.S. government’s antidumping duties on Chinese bedding producers have hurt MLily’s business but said the new mattress factory here gives his company renewed growth prospects.

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