The Made in America movement has some solid new evidence behind it.
Cone Denim’s historic White Oak mill facility in Greensboro, N.C., the oldest operating denim mill in the U.S., is installing additional American Draper X3 looms in response to the growing demand for Made in the USA selvage denim. The expansion will increase its production of authentic vintage selvage denim by 25 percent. White Oak is currently the only mill in the U.S. producing narrow selvage denim on fly shuttle looms that date back to the Forties. The installation is expected to be complete by the end of August.
“Demand continues to grow for authentic Made in the USA selvage denims and has exceeded the capacity of our current X3 looms,” said Kara Nicholas, vice president of product development and marketing at Cone, which had preserved a number of shuttle looms back in the mid-Eighties and over time had pulled them back into production. “With no more looms in storage, we began searching. This is an extraordinary find for us.”
The discovery of the additional looms came after an exhaustive search that took the Cone team through scrap yards, grassy fields and abandoned mills and eventually led them to South Carolina.
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