AFL Investing $50M+ in U.S. Fiber-Optic Cable Manufacturing

March 22, 2024
The expansion of AFL’s South Carolina fiber-cable-production capabilities will create jobs and support the company’s portfolio of BABA-compliant products.

AFL recently announced it is investing more than $50 million into its fiber-optic cable manufacturing operations in South Carolina. The company said this investment “aligns with the Biden-Harris administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Internet for All initiatives to increase broadband access in the U.S.,” adding that it “will result in the creation of new jobs and support AFL’s portfolio of products compliant with the Build America Buy America [BABA] Act.”

The mid-March announcement by AFL follows the company’s previous investment of more than $35 million to expand domestic cable manufacturing in support of broadband deployment and power-grid modernization.

“These expansions continue AFL’s four-decade-long commitment to job creation and U.S. manufacturing,” the company added.

Characteristics of this investment include the following.

  • Increased production capacity to meet the surging demand for fiber-optic cable
  • Creation of new jobs at AFL’s manufacturing facilities, boosting the local economy
  • Development of innovative and sustainable fiber-optic cable solutions
  • Commitment to using U.S.-made materials and supporting the domestic supply chain

“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,” commented Jaxon Lang, AFL’s president and CEO.

AFL dedicates a portion of its website to its commitment and efforts to support broadband access in underserved U.S. communities.

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