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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.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 11 Issue 14, Sept 1943, p16-21, por
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The rural town of Robbins in Moore County, North Carolina was once the home to a modern poultry processing plant, textile mills, and manufacturing industries. Over the years, Robbins began to suffer due to the loss of its manufacturing base and jobs. In 2006, a community chicken dinner led to business plans to revitalize Robbins, which ultimately succeeded in bringing back jobs and growing the local economy.
Carolina Banker (HG 2153 N8 C66), Vol. 93 Issue 4, Winter 2014, p30-31, il