Burlington Industries keeping
steady pace at Stonewall Plant

By By Steve Swogetinsky/The Meridian Star
April 8, 2001
STONEWALL Business has been steady so far this year at the Burlington Industries denim manufacturing plant.
With around 915 employees, Burlington Industries is easily Clarke County's largest employer. A slow down in denim sales a couple of years ago brought some changes to the plant, including the changing over from a seven-day-a-week production schedule with four shifts to a five-day schedule, 24 hours a day, with three shifts.
Smith said the plant is judged on quality, safety, cost and timely customer delivery. "We are performing well in all categories," Smith said.
Established in 1870 as Stonewall Mills, the plant was purchased by Burlington Industries in 1962.
The Burlington plant is actually two plants in one. The Yarn Plant, which once was the location of the original plant; and the Weave plant, which was built during the 1970s and dedicated in 1979.
The Weave Plant went through a $60 million expansion during the 1990s. That work was completed in November of 1998.
For many years, the Stonewall plant only made four or five styles of high grade denim. That has changed in recent years with the closing of other plants in North Carolina and Virginia. The styles of materials those plants made were transferred to Stonewall. The Clarke County-based plant can make 50 to 60 styles of denim.
On a five day schedule, Stonewall can turn out 900,000 linear feet of denim a week. The plant is currently putting out that capacity.
Steve Swogetinsky is regional editor of The Meridian Star. E-mail him at sswogetinsky@themeridianstar.com.

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss Northwest Shoals

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss UNA

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: In memoriam – Monuments honor the fallen of Franklin

High School Sports

RHS senior chosen as Bryant-Jordan Region 8 Scholar winner

High School Sports

Russellville High School ladies soccer team members participate in annual Night to Shine

News

Russellville High School Scholars Bowl team qualifies for state tournament

News

Vina kindergarteners connect with lots of other classes

News

PCHS JAG student places in district conference

Features

Wedding Spotlight: Layne and Frank Edwards

Franklin County

RHS senior competes at state DYW competition

News

Extension, 4-H present free resume workshop

Franklin County

Franklin County has lots to love

High School Sports

Russellville High School honors alum Luther Tiggs with special night of basketball

News

BTCPA announces second production of season

News

RMS holds annual state assessment celebration

Franklin County

Red Bay welcomes new city attorney

Franklin County

Attempted traffic stop leads to high-speed vehicle pursuit, wreck 

Franklin County

Vehicle pursuit ends in wreck, arrest 

News

RFD, RHS collab promotes job readiness, community safety

Franklin County

Local students named to Mississippi State University’s fall 2023 President’s List

News

Russellville Elementary features among U.S. News & World Report best elementary schools

News

RCS receives recognition as finalist for national award

News

Plans get underway to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Bedfords

Franklin County

PHOTOS: Freezing temperatures make way for fun

x