The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Kannapolis: Collapse Of A Mill And Rise of Biotech

Research Center Kannapolis, NC
Credit Wikipedia


When the textile mill closed in Kannapolis, NC in 2003, more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs. The effects on the small community outside of Charlotte were devastating.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Struggle For Workers Rights In The 1970s South

Workers Marching in Roanoke Rapids
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In the 1970s, the small town of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina was dominated by the J.P. Stevens textile mills, which controlled many aspects of its workers' lives. 

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The Rebirth Of The North Carolina Textile Industry

An employee performs quality control on clothing made at the Mortex textile mill in Wendell, North Carolina
Credit USDAgov, via Flickr


For decades, the textile industry was an essential part of North Carolina’ economy. But the industry took a huge hit in the early 2000s due to outsourcing and high rates of automation.

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Business & Economy
5:12 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

HanesBrands Buys Maidenform In $547 Million Deal

HanesBrands is based in Winston-Salem.
Credit HanesBrands

Winston-Salem based HanesBrands is buying bra maker Maidenform for approximately $547 million. The deal would add several brands to the company's already existing line of Playtex, Wonderbra and Hanes. The company hopes the acquisition will increase profits as well as production.

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Business & Economy
5:27 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Mayodan Mill Coming Down

The textile mill in Mayodan has been around longer than the town. Crews began taking it down earlier this month.

Jeff Tiberii: In between the railroad tracks and the Mayo River rests a once vibrant building. The windows of this former Washington Mills factory have long since been bricked up and no one has worked inside for 13 years. On the back side of the building is a gaping hole, and on this cool winter afternoon, workers are dismantling what has become a symbolic eyesore.

Bill Morehead: It was the backbone of the community, while it was running. It kept people working; they made a living, a good living.

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