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for Independent Weekly Vol. 2 Issue 12, June 22-July 5 1984
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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.
In Chatham County, a cavern deep enough for a two-story building was carved out of the giant hardwood forest. What actually goes on down there remains one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets. Writer Dee Reid travels down the mile-long road marked “PRIVATE” to find out.