Advanced Textiles

Southeastern North Carolina has a long and productive history in the textile industry. Over the past decade, a shift from traditional weaving and sewing textiles to advanced and technical non-woven textiles has occurred. Advanced and performance textiles are more automated and provide a variety of products in the region, including military uniforms and equipment, synthetic fibers, environmental protection products, industrial and automotive filters, and clothing. As a leading state in textile manufacturing, North Carolina has a number of excellent resource organizations to assist companies in this industry sector. The center for the entire US textile industry and its technological innovations is North Carolina. There are approximately 4400 employees in textile and apparel firms in the Region. Many of the Region’s 38 chemical plants with almost 2500 employees produce raw materials for the textile industry.

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  • Chemicals and Resins: Specialty chemical companies located in the region include Hexion Chemical, BASF, and Silar Laboratories. And textile companies with chemical production capabilities include DAK Americas, Invista, and Wright Chemical.   
  • Natural Fibers: Cotton production in NC’s Southeast Region is among the highest in the state, which ranks sixth in national production. Three of our counties produced over 20,000 bales (480 lb bales),and total production in the Region was over 100,000 bales (USDA 2008).
  • Synthetic Fibers: The Region is home to a growing number of firms that specialize in the production of synthetic fibers, including DAK Americas, Quantum Acrylics, Omni Systems/Hygiene Systems, and Kordsa USA.  
  • Military / Protective Market: Fort Bragg, in the Region, and Camp Lejune, adjacent to the Region, are two of the nation’s largest military installations and provide convenient access to leading consumers of “protective” and “intelligent” textiles. Companies in the Region currently supplying military /protective needs include: Berg General Supply, Forster Textile Mills, NYP Corp-Ampack Division, Paraclete Armor & Equipment, and Camoteck.
  • Medical / Hygiene Market: This market will be experiencing rapid growth over the next decade in this region more than others due to increasing retirement and military populations.  Companies in the Region that are actively serving the Medical / Hygiene market include: Castle Uniforms, Cascades Tissue Group-NC, Laurel Hill Paper, and Omni Systems/Hygiene Systems.
  • Textiles Off-Campus – program which allows professionals to continue their education in this rapidly changing industry, regardless of their location.   A graduate certificate in Nonwoven Science and Technology is available.
  • TexEd – leading provider of extension education and engagement for textiles and allied businesses and services. The program offers textile technology certificate programs, e-learning options, and customizable in-plant training opportunities
  • NC Textile Connect – a website designed to connect NC textile companies with the myriad of resources, product and marketing information and events within the University and NC State government.
  • Mid-Atlantic location gives access to 170 Million US and Canadian residence in a one-day drive time.
  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The lowest unionization rates in the country (1.9%).
  • 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC).
  • Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
  • Foreign Trade Zone at the Port of Wilmington.
  • Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
  • Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
  • Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.
Company Name Product County
Garland Shirt Co Shirt manufacturing Bladen
Luray Textiles Inc Textiles and textile finishing Brunswick
Dak Americas LLC Polyester fiber and non-woven products Brunswick & Cumberland
Filtec Precise Inc Industrial yarn and sewing thread Columbus
National Spinning Co Spun yarns Columbus
Whiteville Fabrics Warp knit fabric Columbus
Carolace Embroidery Broad woven fabric finishing Cumberland
Carolina Wholesale Assoc Carpet and rug spinning Cumberland
DuPont Teijin Films Polyester resins Cumberland
KK Stitches Machine embroidery Cumberland
M J Soffe Active apparel manufacturing Cumberland
Purolator North America Filtration systems Cumberland
Tuf-Tex Bedsheets and blankets Cumberland
Burlington Worldwide Uniform fabrics Hoke
Guilford Mills Inc Performance textiles New Hanover
INVISTA Performance Technologies Polyester, polyurethane and nylon products New Hanover
Newell-Davis Co Rigging New Hanover
Quantum Acrylics Organic fibers New Hanover
Ticona/Fortron Polymers for nonwovens New Hanover
Associated Distributors Knit outerwear Richmond
Richmond Specialty Yarns LLC Industrial yarn and sewing thread Richmond
Alamac American Knits LLC Circular knit fabric Robeson
Archer Trim Knit outerwear Robeson
Bon-Aire Filters Air, paint air, and special application filters  Robeson
Buckeye Technologies Cotton cellulose Robeson
Contempora Fabrics Inc Active wear fabrics Robeson
Fisher Knit Trim Knit collars Robeson
Howard & Hagins Industries Inc Sewing contractors Robeson
Kayser Roth Leg wear manufacturing Robeson
MSA Paraclete Armor & Equip Uniform and armor manufacturing Robeson
Robetex Inc Woven polypropylene products Robeson
Saxon Co Knit goods Robeson
Tredegar Plastic films, nonwovens and laminates Robeson
XMC Films Polymer coated films Robeson
Camoteck Co Canvas Military bags Sampson
Charles Craft Inc Needlecraft fabrics Scotland
Kordsa USA Inc Tire cord fabrics Scotland
Service Thread Industrial yarns and sewing threads Scotland
West Point Home Home textiles Scotland