Textiles & Nonwovens

The Very Fiber of Innovation


Largest Textiles Workforce in the Country


Textile and Textile Product Mills


in Exported Textile Goods

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North Carolina Ranked CNBC’s #1 State for Business

For the second year in a row, CNBC has named North Carolina America’s Top State for Business. A world-class workforce played a major role in securing the top spot as did a thriving economy and a low cost of living.

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North Carolina is where a rich textile tradition meets a thriving, high-tech, manufacturing hub, creating an unparalleled environment for both textiles and nonwovens companies.

in Textiles, Nonwovens, and Apparel making
Degrees Awarded Yearly in Textile Sciences

Our Strong Workforce Is Woven In

North Carolina employs more than 35,000 people in the textiles and nonwovens industry, making it the largest in the US. There’s never a shortage of skilled workers and valuable customers.

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Known for Teaching Textiles

North Carolina State University’s globally recognized College of Textiles leads the nation in nonwovens research and industry partnerships. Its Nonwovens Institute is the largest industry-academic cooperative research center in the nation.

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Everything You Need from Needle to Thread to Cloth

All textiles and nonwovens companies can feel at home in North Carolina. With an especially high concentration of knit fabric, apparel knitting, nonwoven, fabric finishing, and cord and tire fabric mills, the right infrastructure is right here.

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Weaving around the World

Whether your materials are fit for transportation vehicles, home and office furnishings, or medical/hygiene products, you’re in the right place. NC’s advanced textile landscape is highly diverse and proximity to end users is second to none.

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Textile and Nonwoven Companies in North Carolina

North Carolina’s advanced textile landscape is highly diverse, with companies serving a wide variety of both regionally and internationally based end users. There are several companies in the state that are innovating the textiles of the future.
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American & Efird

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Avgol Nonwovens

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Mohawk Industries

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Parkdale Mills

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Being centrally located on the East Coast and having access to a growing advanced manufacturing talent pool were some of the differentiating factors for our decision to grow here.

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The EDPNC helps businesses large and small succeed in North Carolina. For assistance, fill out the form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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Lena Hobbs-Brown

Lena Hobbs-Brown

Business Development Associate