2023 AAPN Carolina Mill Tour
May 1 - 4

Contempora Fabric Mills

AAPN and it's members are pleased to host the 2023 Carolina Mill Tour. The purpose of this tour is to highlight and educate attendees about fabric and trim capabilities in the U.S.

Target audience: Brands/Retailers interested in sourcing production in the Western Hemisphere. AAPN reserves the right to determine eligibility.

Who should attend: Sourcing execs (all levels) newer to the region or early in their career who want to acquaint or reacquaint themselves with current capabilities in the Western Hemisphere and/or experience manufacturing activities in person. Could be a great "1st trip" for those that who have not been able to travel to mills and factories previously.  

"The key takeaway from the week was the textile industry is very interconnected and willing to share knowledge to make our work better as a whole. Everyone on the tour, as well as the mill partners we visited, were open and honest about challenges and gave insight to solutions within the industry that has worked for them." - Helen Wilson, Material developer, Workwear Outfitters (2022 Tour)


Monday, May 1

•Travel Day - Fly into Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
• Attendees should arrive no later than 3:30pm ET for Orientation and Welcome Reception/Dinner at The SpringHill Suites in Charlotte - Uptown

Tuesday, May 2

• Day trip to Lumberton, NC for a tour of Contempora Fabric Mills + the Unifi's Repreve Mobile Tour
• Group Dinner in Charlotte

Wednesday, May 3

• Day Trip to Gaffney, South Carolina for tours of Parkdale Mills, Carolina Cotton Works and Milliken's Limestone plant
• Group Dinner in Charlotte

Thursday, May 4

• Bus to Mount Holly, North Carolina for tour of American & Efird's Dyeing & Finishing facility
• Transportation to Charlotte Douglas International Airport after lunch


> AAPN Member Registration Fee: $1145 per person

> Non-Member Registration Fee: $1425 per person

  • Registration is limited to 25 executives.
  • The deadline to register is April 3rd or until all slots have been filled.
  • Registration Fee includes everything except airfare and hotel as follows:
    • Five (5) mill tours + educational content
      • Contempora Fabrics, Lumberton, NC
      • Parkdale Mills - W. Duke Kimbrell Plant, Gaffney, SC
      • Carolina Cotton Works, Gaffney, SC
      • Hamrick Mills, Gaffney, SC
      • American & Efird Dyeing & Finishing facility, Mount Holly, NC
    • All lunches & dinners (breakfast included for those staying at the SpringHill Suites)
    • Ground Transportation - starting Tuesday morning through drop-offs at Charlotte Airport on Thursday after lunch


AAPN has reserved a block of rooms at the SpringHill Suites - Uptown at the discounted rate of $189/night for Mill Tour Attendees. The AAPN rate includes complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, complimentary wi-fi and double Marriott Bonvoy Points. Note, you are not required to stay at our host hotel; however, you will be expected to arrive on time for bus departures each morning from the SpringHill Suites.  Hotel registration link will be sent to all attendees after they register for the Tour.


Sue Strickland
Lynsey Jones


Milliken logo

Carolina Cotton Words

Parkdale Mills
Contempora Fabric Mills