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For most of the 20th Century, textiles, tobacco and furniture were the "Big Three" industries in North Carolina. All three were in decline by the year 2000. The development of Research Triangle Park, in conjunction with top-flight universities nearby, has greatly augmented the transition from labor dependent to technology oriented industries now driving the state's economy.
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42911
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North Carolina's first textile mills opened in the early 1800s. By the Civil War, 45 cotton and woolen mills were operating in the state. By 1960, North Carolina's 1,110 textile mills employed 55 percent of the state's manufacturing workforce. From the 1980s through the early 2000s there was a period of marked decline in the industry, Despite such, textiles continue as a recognizable force in the state, adapting to changing technologies.
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42907
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Bright leaf tobacco has been a part of North Carolina culture since 1839, when an enslaved Caswell County man, Stephen Slade discovered a curing method for producing bright yellow leaves. the Duke family of Durham lead in mechanizing the process for cigarettes. By the mid-20th century, health related concerns on the use of tobacco began to mount.
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42910
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Vast forests in North Carolina's Piedmont region and cheap labor helped to bring America's furniture industry to North Carolina from the Northwest. the state's furniture industry developed within a 150 mile radius of High Point. This distinction earned High Point its nickname as "Furniture Capitol of the World".
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42908
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"The North Carolina Defense Industry has one of the largest military footprints of any state in the country." By the year 2000, Fayetteville's Fort Bragg was considered one of the largest military installations in the world.
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42909
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In the 1700s there were around 10 working paper mills in North Carolina.. The industry had mostly declined after the Civil War. But new processes, that developed in Europe and incorporated the use of the state's abundant pine forests, revitalized the industry in the 20th century.
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42914
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Promoted from the 1930s to the 1970s, the Variety Vacationland campaign marketed North Carolina as modern but with strong ties to the past and endowed with a full range of natural and recreational opportunities for every visitor.
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42915
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North Carolina is currently the top producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. It is also the third largest producer of pork.
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42913
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"Many of the men and women who serve in the military are a big part of our Tar Heel 'family.' But in North Carolina, the military is also big business."
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