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Burlington in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pioneer Plant

Burlington Industries

 
 
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By Paul Jordan, April 21, 2010
1. Pioneer Plant Marker
Inscription. Burlington Mills was incorporated Nov. 1, 1923. The first plant of that company, later known as Burlington Industries, largest maker of textiles in the world, began operations on this site July 29, 1924.
 
Location. 36° 5.249′ N, 79° 24.912′ W. Marker is in Burlington, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is at the intersection of Graham Street and North Avenue on Graham Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1305 Graham Street, Burlington NC 27217, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Spencer Love (approx. 0.7 miles away); 1763 Providence (approx. 0.7 miles away); Providence Church & Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Henry Jerome Stockard (approx. mile away); Camp Alamance (approx. 1.2 miles away); Norfolk & Western Caboose #518654 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Johnston Moves West (approx. 1.3 miles away); North Carolina Railroad (was approx. 1.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burlington.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located beside Burlington Manufacturing Services, a processing plant that specializes in yarn preparation of flat yarn and textured yarns.
 
Regarding Pioneer Plant.
Pioneer Plant Marker and Burlington Manufacturing Services image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, April 21, 2010
2. Pioneer Plant Marker and Burlington Manufacturing Services
The creation of the Burlington Mills "Pioneer Plant" is credited with reviving the textile industry in Alamance County.

With a grant from the Chamber of Commerce, James Spencer Love brought his equipment from his cotton manufacturing company in Gastonia, and opened Burlington Mills.

The newest fabric on the market was rayon, and Love began making bedspreads. People called it "artificial silk" and the new venture was a success.

In 1955, the name Burlington Mills was changed to Burlington Industries. The product line had expanded to new synthetic materials including nylon, polyester and acrylic.

When Love died in 1962, Burlington Industries was the largest textile mill in the world and the 48th largest corporation in the United States.
 
Additional keywords. James Spencer Love, Textiles, Alamance, Cotton, Rayon,
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 974 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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