Spinning a Yarn-Textile Style
The majority of my working life was spent in the textile industry, although not actually in the plant. However, during a span of several years. I worked next to 2 of our plants and visited the plants from time to time.
As is the case with almost all the textile industry in the United States, my company ( Fieldcrest Mills to Fieldcrest Cannon to Pillowtex) is no more, having bit the dust in 2003 via the bankruptcy courts. The plants were scattered all over the southeastern U. S. but primarily in North Carolina, are no more.
This is still a bit poignant for me since several my family members were employed at the company at one time or another, including my parents who were production workers in the Fieldcrest Mills Blanket Mill for many years.
What is quite interesting to me is that the company is gone but the brand names live on, having ben purchased by various entities. One in particular that comes readily to mind is Royal Velvet. I suppose that it would be correct to say that it was the flagship brand of the Bed and Bath Division. The towels sold under the Royal Velvet name were made in aslant located in the small Virginia town of Fieldale. To say that this was a quality product would be a bit of an understatement. We are still using Royal Velvet products that were purchased a number of years ago. The irony to me is that to get a towel equal in quality today, one would be required to spend a significant amount of money. The same holds true for bedding products( sheets, comforters, etc) .
Now, about all the former textile giants have in common is bankruptcy and imploded plants. But, as do many others, I remember some of those days when cotton went from the Card Room to the Spinning Room to Yarn Preparation ( where my parents worked) and finally to the Weave Room where a recognizable product surfaced.
It is in truth an industry that is gone but that will always be with us.
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