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Founded in 1877 in Elkin, by the late Alexander Chatham and his brother-in-law Thomas L. Gwyn, Chatham Blanket Mills, now Chatham Manufacturing Company, is one of the oldest textile mills in North Carolina. The original plant had 284 looms and a capacity of 80,000 pairs of blankets per week. Chatham blankets are known world-wide today.