For 50 years, Alandale Knitting has led the U.S. textile industry in commissioned circular knitting. Alan Gutschmit, our founder, built Alandale on pillars of unparalleled innovation and service that still stand today. Our concentrated plant allows for rapid turnarounds where we focus completely on the needs of our customers and the quality of our knits. Combined with our connection to the Coville family of companies, our location in North Carolina gives us access to a complete textile manufacturing chain that can meet any knitting demand.
Alandale Knitting is a 120,000 square foot knitting facility with 225 diverse machines that can produce up to 500,000 pounds of fabric every week. Our facility provides both knit and greige packages and can satisfy the development needs of every industry from fashion to industrial.
Every machine at Alandale Knitting is housed in a clean isolator room with lint vacuum and creel systems. Combined with our computerized production tracking and expert in-house quality engineers, our textile facility produces fabrics of the highest quality possible.
Alandale Knitting is located in Central North Carolina, the heart of the American textile industry and a hotbed of innovation and technology. Every supply chain link is located with 50 miles of our facility in Troy, NC, and our complete supply chain is compliant with the USA Berry Amendment.
Why Choose the North Carolina Textile Industry?
The North Carolina Textile Industry is often seen as nothing more than a remnant of what was once a driving economic force in the US economy.
In 1940, at the peak of cotton textile production in the south, 40% of jobs in North Carolina involved textile and apparel manufacturing. Industrialization and Textiles proved a boon to the American economy, and entrepreneurs moved south to find lower wages and build grand factories. As anyone involved in the industry today knows, however, this boon would not last.
By 2013, only 1.1% of North Carolina's jobs would involve textile manufacturing. Many factors led to the industry's slow decline, but the biggest blow came in the 1990s and 2000s, when textile manufacturing in North Carolina and the broader United States was seriously hampered by globalization, automation, and increased competition. From 1997 to 2009, over 650 American plants were closed and over 200,000 jobs were lost in the industry. Many thought it would never recover.
A concept drawing for the building of the White Oak Cotton Mills in Greensboro, NC. The complex was built in 1905 by the Cone Mills Corporation, a former world leader in corduroy, flannel, denim, and cotton fabric manufacturing that went bankrupt and was dissolved in 2004.
While many mighty textile mills of the south have fallen to globalization, other mills are stronger than ever. The mills that have survived are those that are willing to constantly adapt to the market and focus on the true advantages of American manufacturing: innovation, specialization, and quality.
Because of these advantages, North Carolina's textile industry has done more than survive: it now thrives. From 2002 to 2012, the value of US textile component exports increased by 18.4%, the value North Carolina's textile component exports increased by 18.4%, almost double.
The textile industry in North Carolina is also larger and more important in the United States than you might think. The state has remained the leading employer in the textile component manufacturing segment (yarn and fabric) over the past 20 years and now accounts for 22% of all U.S. yarn and fabric production. Today, over 1400 textile companies operate in North Carolina.
With history, challenges, and innovations spanning over a century, there may not be a stronger and more versatile textile industry than in North Carolina.