Milliken & Company Plants
New and Old
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Milliken & Co. announced on May 20, 2009  that it plans to sell its global Automotive Body Cloth division
to a management group in Greenville, SC.  The new company will operate as: Autotex.  Several mills will
be affected.  Details are still unavailable. The sale includes: the Gayley plant in Marietta; Abbeville plant
in Abbeville; Cotton Blossom in Spartanburg, all in South Carolina; Avalon plant in Toccoa, Ga.; and
Autotex plant in Brazil, as well as support operations in the United Kingdom, Japan and China.

The company’s Sharon plant, located near Abbeville, SC, and employing 140 associates, will be closed.
Source: Carmichael International based on news reports.



Name        Location        Products
Abbeville   1895 Abbeville, SC        Spun yarn, piece dye wool and synthetic blends
Alma          Nichols, GA    Carpet yarn spinning    
Auto Lamination Spartanburg, SC        Mfg. Coated fabrics for automotive, napery & outdoor fabrics
Avalon       Toccoa, GA        
Barnwell  1955-2009 Barnwell, SC  
     Bought from Amerotron 1963  Specialty uniforms and table linens dyeing & finish.
Belton         Belton, SC  From Amerotron 1963  Closed
Calumet     LaGrange, GA        Bought from Callaway   Flocked fabrics and piece dyeing –closed and razed
Carson Nonwovens Plant 2009 from Western Nonwovens  Carson, CA
Cedar Hill    Jonesville, SC        Weaving – greige goods
Clearfield Nonwovens Plant 2009 from Western Nonwovens Clearfield, Utah
Cotton Blossom  Spartanburg, SC        Warehouse and Pilot Mfg
Cushman     Williamston, SC        Texturing, twisting, winding
Cypress        Blacksburg, SC        Batch Specialty Chemical Operations
Darlington Manufacturing        1883 Darlington, SC        Closed
DeFore        Clemson, SC        Automotive fabric / Weft Knitting 4  Closed and razed.
Dewey  1963        Inman, SC        Specialty Organic chemicals
Drayton        Spartanburg, SC        Former Spartan Mills plant - Closed
Duncan M. Stewart        LaGrange, GA        Upholstery
Elm City        LaGrange, GA        Automotive fabrics
Enterprise        Marietta, GA        
Excelsior        Union, SC        Knitting and piece dyeing Closed 2003
Exeter  purchased 1966       Exeter, NH closed prior to 1987
Gaffney Manufacturing        1892 Gaffney, SC        Closed
Gayley        Marietta, SC        Automotive and elastics dyeing & finishing
Gerrish Milliken        Pendleton, SC        Water Jet Weaving – Automotive, outerwear, napery
Ralph Gillespie        Union, SC        Nonwovens closed 2003
Gilliland purchased 1965      Laurens, SC        Knit fabrics – Specialty industrial and other businesses
Golden Valley        Bostic, NC        Knitting
Hartsville        Hartsville, SC        Closed
Hatch        Columbus, NC        Knitting and dyeing
Hillcrest-Sommer        Simpsonville, SC    flocked carpet for auto interiors
Hillside        LaGrange, GA        Carpet
Honea Path  1963      Honea Path, SC        From Amerotron Closed
Humphrey        Toccoa, GA        
Johnston        Johnston, SC        Mfg. fabrics for apparel industries, active wear, uniforms, fine goods
Judson        1913 Greenville, SC        Mfg. yarn packs & wraps
Kex        LaGrange, GA        Industrial rugs & wipes
Kingsley        Thomaston, GA        
Kingstree        Kingstree, SC        Winding & twisting
Live Oak        LaGrange, GA        Carpet square D&F burned 1995,
rebuilt ASAP.  Millitron carpet printing
Lockhart        Lockhart, SC        Cotton jersey knit -Closed
Machias   Machias, ME  woolen Closed
McCormick        McCormick, SC        Water Jet Weaving – outerwear, drapery, napery, automotive
Magnolia        Blacksburg, SC        Integrated fabric piece and continuous dyeing & finishing
Midway        Union, SC        Knit finishing (closed) & warehouse
Milliken Electronics        Inman, SC        (closed)
Milliken Research        Spartanburg, SC        Integrated research and pilot plant
Milliken Design        LaGrange, GA         Carpet design
Milliken Packaging        Jonesville, SC        
Monarch 1917-2009   Union, SC        Mfg. yarn for auto, apparel and upholstery.
New Holland        Gainesville, GA   Former Spartan Mills plant     
Newton named for Russell B. Newton 1965     Hartwell, GA        Broad woven
Orlando Nonwoven plant 2009 From Western Nonwovens    Orlando, FL
Ottaray        Union, SC        Closed
Pacolet Mills        Pacolet, SC        Closed
Peerless        Belton, SC        Closed
Excelsior Pendleton 1948-       Pendleton, SC        Integrated piece dye & finish of specialty fabrics
Pine Mountain        Pine Mountain, GA        Industrial fabrics
Red Springs 1963       Red Springs, NC        Woolen plant bought from Amerotron.  (Closed)
Robbins 1963     Robbins, NC        Woolen plant bought from Amerotron (closed – burned Aug. 17, 2008) (3)
Rutherfordton, Rutherfordton, NC woolen Closed 1960s.
Saluda  1966      Saluda, SC        
Closed 2003
Sauget Nonwovens Plant 2009 from Western Nonwovens   Sauget, IL
Sharon        Abbeville, SC        Mfg. Automotive, retail, other decorative fabrics
Alan B. Sibley  1965      Lavonia, GA  
Saint George Plant, From Western Nonwovens Saint George Utah             
Stearns        Stearns, KY        American Bag plant opened 1992 closed 2004
Sycamore        Clinton, SC        Warehousing, Distribution, Maintenance for Milliken transportation fleet
Tetra Pak        Whitestone, SC        Mfg. coated / laminated materials for packing

Unity        LaGrange, GA        
Valway        LaGrange, GA        

Winfield        Winfield, TN        American Bag plant closed 2005


International:

Belgium
Dierman Mill Purchased 1965
Milliken Chemical, Ghent, Belgium  Mfgers of plastics colorants.

China
Zhangjiagang Economic Development Zone, Jiangshu Province. Modular carpet plant -  open 2008

England
Lodgemore Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK Woolen specialty products (billiard cloth, tennis ball fabric, etc)
Wellington purchased 1963  sold to
internal group 2011
Modular carpet and Millitron Plant

France
Milliken France, St. Alba.  Mfg of polyester filament yarn
Roisel and outside Privas, France

Japan
Milliken Modular Carpet and Millitron

Sources:
1. http://www.llr.state.sc.us/Labor/scovp/PDF/VPPContactlist.pdf Accessed July 25, 2008.
2. Personal recollection, Gary Mock.
3.  Various news sources: prnews& wire Aug. 19, 2008.
4.  http://www.sccommerce.com/docdirectory/ResearchFolder/Automotive-Related%20Companies%20in%
20South%20Carolina%202008.pdf Accessed November 21, 2008
5.  Autotex spinoff.  News reports and press release May 20, 2009.

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