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Chatham County's industrial growth was centered in its two largest cities, Siler City and Pittsboro. Siler City boasted: a hosiery mill, feed mill, Hadley-Peoples Manufacturing produced yarn, Oval Oak Manufacturing was the largest producer of washboards, lumber companies, and furniture manufacturers. In Pittsboro the established industries were: Odell Manufacturing Company spun cotton yarn and Chatham Manufacturing Company made labels sewn into clothes.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 11 Issue 6, July 1943, p18-23
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The effect an ongoing strike at the Moncure Plywood plant in Chatham County is having on employees is detailed. Employees decided to strike after their union’s contract ran out with the company and the company decided to increase mandatory work hours to 60 hours per week. The strike has gone on for 6 months and the union workers have been replaced. This has placed a strain on the employees and their families, but they are committed to fighting for better working conditions.
Independent Weekly (NoCar Oversize AP 2 .I57 [volumes 13 - 23 on microfilm]), Vol. 25 Issue 50, December 2008, p7 Periodical Website