AAPN member Parkdale Mills were one of the amazing companies kind enough to host us earlier this year as a part of the AAPN Carolina Mill Tour. We were all so impressed with what we saw and what we learned. This piece – from Textile World – is a wonderful one about a really great company.
Parkdale’s willingness to invest and forward-looking thinking have set the company on a path for the next 100 years.
By Rachael S. Davis, Executive Editor
Cotton has played a large role in the history of the U.S. textile industry, and the U.S. cotton supply chain is one of the most well developed in the world. One of the largest influential players in the U.S. cotton supply chain is yarn spinner Parkdale Mills Inc., Gastonia, N.C., today operating with Chairman and CEO Anderson D. “Andy” Warlick at the helm.
“Parkdale is the largest customer of U.S. cotton and a cornerstone of the U.S. textile industry,” said Gary Adams, president and CEO, National Cotton Council. “Over the years, Parkdale has made numerous positive contributions to the U.S. cotton industry and continues to be an active participant in the work of the National Cotton Council.”
Parkdale was chartered 1916, and began turning the first spindles in 1918. The first year, Parkdale produced 425 tons of thread in one manufacturing location. Fifty years after the charter, the company opened a second plant, Parkdale Mills Plant #2 in Gastonia, which doubled the company’s production capacity. Today, the privately-held company operates 25 plants, in addition to research and development and distribution centers in the United States, Mexico and South America. Read More