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More famous for their production of tobacco and whiskey products, Iredell residents have been known manufacturers of textiles, furniture, and flour.
Located in Iredell County, Mooresville was built nearly a century ago around a textile mill. But during the past two years 800 people have lost their textile jobs because of plant closings or permanent layoffs. Textiles have been one of the big three industries in North Carolina. But in 1982, the state had more plant closings than any other state. Inexpensive foreign labor has made it hard for American companies to compete with imports.