The Carolina Manufacturing Company on U.S. 25 in Greenville, South Carolina was purchased in April 2015 by Derick Close, the owner of Springs Creative Products Group, LLC out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Hopes are the plant will bring jobs from China back home to Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America.
Nothing is more environmentally friendly than not only keeping an existing manufacturing plant in production but having that business grow, create more local jobs as well as adding to the economy. Much fossil fuel is saved when products are not shipped around the world.
Carolina Manufacturing has made fabric products including white cotton handkerchiefs with the Hav-A-Hank™ name for 68 years since it was started by Malcolm Nevin in 1947. It also produces tote bags, Bodykoolerz cooling collars, DoggieDannas® bandanas for dogs, Dust Bandits®, Insect Shields®, and specialty bandanas custom printed for community events, giveaways, prizes, celebrating grand openings, announcing events or sales, and for advertising like by pet product manufacturers to be worn by dogs. The company employs about 70 workers.
Springs Creative makes Disney-branded fabric products for Walmart, John Deere-branded bedding for JC Penney, reflective tape backing for 3M, and fire retardant material for Simmons and Serta brands mattresses. It employs 20 people in Shanghai, China, to contract with Asian factories to make, cut and sew fabric. But owner Close says reshoring is being considered where production is being returned to the United States. He said “With costs rising in Asia, we see opportunities to bring manufacturing back to South Carolina.”
Fortunately for the Greenville area, there are a few good reasons for doing this.
- Close bought Carolina Manufacturing in particular partly due to his desire to add to its cut-and-sew capacity.
- He also sees increased consumer interest in USA-made products.
- The president of Carolina Manufacturing, Kathy Morrow, says production based in the U.S. is able to respond to U.S. fashion trends more quickly. China-made products usually spend 30 days shipping over water whereas locally they can print, sew and have it delivered to the stores more quickly.
- The thread count of Carolina Manufacturing’s 100 percent cotton bandanas is higher than that of rival China-made products.
The positive effects for the bandana company from its purchase are it will give the company more power to have inventory in stock, it can commit to adding new items, it will have more involvement in social media under Springs Creative Products with all of the websites revamped, and the bigger company will help the smaller company grow.
The cost of the 22-inch by 22-inch traditional paisley bandanas is between $1.79 and $2.99 and they are sold on Amazon and in retail chains like Cabela’s, REI and AC Moore. They come in over 40 colors with red being most popular according to the company sales and marketing director Reid Hoag.
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