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The town of Hemp underwent a name change in the 1940s. It was to be renamed Robbins after the town's biggest supporter, Karl Robbins. He was a prominent member of the textile industry and transplanted his industry in Hemp. Mr. Robbins purchased the Pinehurst Cloth Mill in September 1930 and through his dedication and hard work provided employment for Hemp's citizens even through the depression. Pinehurst Cloth Mills became the town's largest plant and began the renaming trend in early 1943 by changing its name to Robbins.
Karl Robbins, a retired textile executive, had his first introduction to North Carolina in the late 1920s as a stockholder in Burlington Mills. Following the development of other mills in the state, Robbins has decided to provide land for the Research Triangle to play a part in North Carolina's future growth.