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The textile industry is the state's largest industry. Fabric and clothing of all kinds come from the plants. How are these products labeled? That is a job performed by the Artistic Weaving Company, the world's largest manufacturer of woven labels. Of the company's three plants, the largest, and the biggest plant of its kind in the world, is Chatham Mills, Inc., located in Pittsboro.
Clyde Andrew founded Carolina Fabric Label Corp. in 1960 in Greensboro. At that time there were no label companies of any size in the Southeast printing labels for the textile industry. Today four companies account for 90 percent of the American market in printed cloth labels. CFL currently sells $10 million worth of printed and woven labels annually.