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for The State Vol. 11 Issue 14, Sept 1943
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New Bern was the nexus of industry for 1940s Craven County fueled by war time naval shipbuilding contracts. Barbour Boat Works ceased manufacturing small recreational craft and focused on shipbuilding for the Navy. Military demands aided other manufacturers like the Cohen, Goldman and Company of New York which opened a textile plant in New Bern to fulfill uniform orders for the Army and Navy. Outside of New Bern city limits, Craven County nurtured one of the largest agricultural areas in the region.
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.