2023 Carolina Mill Tour

From May 1st to May 4th, we held the Annual Carolina Mill Tour and visited 6 of our long-standing members with 27 people from 11 Brands and Retailers. It was a great week for education, sourcing & supplier visits and networking!

The 2023 AAPN Carolina Mill Tour included 27 people from these brands/retailers:

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Fanatics
  • Fechheimer
  • Founder Sport Group
  • Haggar
  • Nike
  • Operation WARM
  • Patagonia
  • Under Armour 
  • Workwear Outfitters

The tour flowed through North and South Carolina with site-visits to 6 AAPN member companies - showcasing what is made in the Americas through each link of the textiles and apparel supply chain!  Each Mill did a great job of explaining their process and even offering some "hands-on" training in spinning, knitting and dyeing and finishing to the next generation of talent!

Monday, May 1

Orientation by Linda Tiberi & Lynsey Jones and Welcome Reception/Dinner 

Tuesday, May 2

Day trip to Lumberton, NC for a tour of Contempora Fabric Mills + the Unifi's Repreve Mobile Tour for synthetic fiber production & cotton/synthetic yarn spinning. Followed by a Group Dinner in Charlotte.

Wednesday, May 3

Day Trip to Gaffney, SC & surrounding area for tours of:

  • Carolina Cotton Works fabric dyeing & finishing 
  • Parkdale Gaffney cotton yarn spinning 
  • Milliken Limestone Plant woven fire retardant fabric
  • Group Dinner in Charlotte

Thursday, May 4

Tour of American & Efird's Dyeing & Finishing facility

AAPN has posted a photo album of the full tour which you can see here: