While the closure of textile plants has been a part of life in North Carolina for several decades, STI Fabrics is going against the grain. Upholstery manufacturer STI has constructed a new manufacturing facility with 150,000 square feet that will be the company’s manufactory in Kings Mountain. The building will start out as a distribution center for the other facilities, but as equipment is moved on-location, it will increase production capacity from 500,000 to 750,000 yards per week. Corporate president John Kay says the new facility was needed to keep up with demand for STI’s Revolution Performance Fabrics. Products in the Revolution line are stain-resistant and easy to clean, and they don’t fade in sunlight. The company employs over 350 employees locally, and the new building is expected to add about 100 positions, 65 of which have already been filled with hires training in other facilities. STI has been manufacturing upholstery in Kings Mountain since 1964.