Greensboro was a thriving city with diversified industries. Industries encompassed a wide array of goods including textile mills, lumber mills, hosiery plants, and metal manufacturing facilities. The Cone interests, comprised of three mills, constituted one of the world's largest textile manufactures. Burlington Mills Corporation was a major company in the rayon industry. Greensboro served as a major commercial center for the northern Piedmont region with more retail variety and as a principal convention center for Virginia, North and South Carolina.