2024 AAPN Carolina Mill Tour
April 15 - 18 I Charlotte, NC

Contempora Fabric Mills

AAPN and it's members are pleased to host the 2024 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 U.S. 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, April 15

•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, April 16

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

Wednesday, April 17

• Day Trip to Gaffney, South Carolina for tours of Parkdale Mills and Hamrick Mills
• Tour & Educational Session at Color Solutions International in Charlotte
• Group Dinner in Charlotte with AAPN Networking Event

Thursday, April 18

• 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: $1245 per person

> Non-Member Registration Fee: $1750 per person (limited to 3 executives per non-member company)

  • Registration is limited to 25 executives.
  • The deadline to register is March 15th or until all slots have been filled.
  • Registration Fee includes everything except airfare and hotel as follows:
    • Four (4) mill tours + educational content, including Apparel 101, Cotton Yarn & Synthetic Fiber/Yarn production, Knitting/Weaving & Color/Dyeing/Finishing
      • Contempora Fabrics, Lumberton, NC with Unifi mobile classroom on site
      • Parkdale Mills - W. Duke Kimbrell Plant, Gaffney, SC 
      • Hamrick Mills, Gaffney, SC
      • American & Efird Dyeing & Finishing facility, Mount Holly, NC
      • Color Solutions International (CSI), Charlotte, NC
    • Exclusive AAPN Networking Event with top Apparel Industry Executives
    • 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

Please contact Lynsey Jones if you are interested in participating in 2025


AAPN has reserved a block of rooms at the SpringHill Suites - Uptown at the discounted rate of $169/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. 

Please note: Hotel registration link will be sent to all attendees after they register for the Tour. You must book your hotel by March 26th to receive the AAPN discounted rate.


Contact Lynsey Jones

Email: [email protected]

Call/Text/Whatsapp: +1 843 729 1477