AFL invests $50 million to expand fiber optic cable manufacturing in South Carolina 

AFL invests $50 million to expand fiber optic cable manufacturing in South Carolina 

April 23, 2024
This expansion will increase production capacity, help AFL develop new and sustainable fiber optic cable solutions, and support the company’s commitment to using American-made materials.  

AFL has announced plans to expand its fiber optic cable manufacturing operations in South Carolina. The company, which specializes in producing fiber optic cables, connectivity and equipment, will invest $50 million into the project, creating new jobs at its manufacturing facilities. According to the company, this expansion will increase production capacity, help AFL develop new and sustainable fiber optic cable solutions, and support the company’s commitment to using American-made materials.  

What people are saying

In a recent quote, Jaxon Lang, President and CEO of AFL, said, “This expansion highlights AFL's commitment to providing an end-to-end BABA compliant cable and connectivity portfolio for our valued U.S. customers and represents a significant milestone toward AFL’s ongoing contribution to a stronger, more connected future for all communities across the country.” 

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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