By  on October 30, 2017

As the denim industry prepares for the closure of the 110-year old Cone Denim White Oak mill in Greensboro, N.C., industry stakeholders are voicing concern about its effect on U.S. denim manufacturing efforts and the industry at large. White Oak will cease production on Dec. 31, 2017.

The plant was affected by changes in market demands — namely fabric sourcing outside the U.S. — which resulted in considerably reduced order volumes, the compa+-ny said. The White Oak mill produced denim exclusively since its beginnings in 1905 and was differentiated by its Forties vintage American Draper X3 shuttle looms that manufactured its vintage selvage denim.

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