GREENSBORO, N.C. — More than a century before the sleek profile of high-tech industry caused new homes and malls to sprout like kudzu, it was the sprawl of textile mills that helped fuel the growth of this North Carolina metropolis.
The Greensboro Triad Textile & Apparel Club celebrated that rich heritage at its second annual product showcase, held Nov. 9 at the Koury Convention Center.
Some 1,200 revelers cheered a show of fashions made by the region’s apparel firms, using fiber and fabric turned out by area companies such as Guilford, Burlington, Cone, Unifi, Trevira, Glen Raven, Wellman, Sara Lee and VF Corp. among others.
“If this industry is going to compete on a global basis, then we are going to have to talk about Greensboro,” said Mayor Carolyn Allen, as the runway show began on an ironic note, to the theme from the summer’s blockbuster movie, “Mission: Impossible.”
The industry hopes its new releases will be hits, too.