When you have the nation’s largest textile mill industry, skilled workers and key supply chain partners are never hard to find. Our heritage of leadership in the industry also serves to fuel our passion for innovation in nonwoven research and cutting-edge technology.

Meet some of the textile companies doing business in North Carolina:

BurlingtonFrontier Spinning MillsGildanGlen Raven

Hanes BrandsKimberly-ClarkNational SpinningParkdale


In business as in fabrics, the right blend of comfort and performance is key.

A low tax burden, well-established supply chain, plenty of business connections and high quality of life are just part of what makes North Carolina the ideal location for textile companies. Of course, the state weaves together many more benefits to help ensure industry success, including:

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  • The lowest corporate income tax rate in the U.S.
    • 2.5% corporate tax rate
    • NC is ranked No. 1 for lowest state and local tax burden in the United States by Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation
  • North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles
    • Feeds the industry talent pipeline, serves as an R&D hub and provides a unique forum for industry partnerships
  • Reliable, low-cost electricity
    • NC’s average industrial electricity rate is more than 8 percent lower than the national average

  • The largest textile mill industry in the U.S.
    • A diverse industry workforce of 42,000+ highly skilled professionals
  • Zeis Textiles Extension for Economic Development at N.C. State University
    • ZTE offers classroom-based and hands-on training via multiple professional training and certification programs
    • Includes five laboratories for fulfilling the industry’s prototyping and pilot production needs
  • Customized training programs
    • NCWorks, the state’s comprehensive workforce development platform, offers customizable training for new and existing businesses in the state

  • Nonwovens Institute at NC. State University
    • First-ever accredited academic program in interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics in the world
    • Global innovation between industry, government and academic partners
  • Textile Protection and Comfort Center at N.C. State University
    • TPACC is the only single-location academic center in the country that can research, test and evaluate the performance and comfort of various textile materials
  • Manufacturing and Textile Innovation Network
    • MTIN is a western North Carolina-based resource for testing, prototyping, applied research and development, business incubation, and training
  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
    • AATCC serves a global audience of textile professionals through quality control materials, professional networking opportunities, test method development and education
  • Carolina Textile District
    • A network of domestic textile-related companies—including designers and patternmakers, printers, materials sources, fabric finishers, cut and sew facilities and fulfillment contacts—that offer qualified sourcing and value-chain connections
  • Cotton Incorporated
    • The premier marketing and research organization representing upland cotton
    • Funded by domestic growers and importers of cotton and cotton textile products

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