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Cannon Mills

The history of Cannon Mills
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ashley hunter

on 18 September 2012

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Transcript of Cannon Mills

by; Ashley Hunter Cannon Mills James W. Cannon and Charles A. Cannon were a father and son team who wrote the history of towel production in North Carolina. Cannon Mills is in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He was educated in private school but withdrew in 1866 at the age of 14 to begin work in a store in Charlotte. in 1868, he joined Cannon, Fetzer and Wadsworth, a mercantile company in Concord just a few miles north of Charlotte,where his brother was a partner. By the age of 21 James earned his way into a partnership and acted in various capacities including cotton buying. James w. was born in Mecklenburg county North Carolina to a family of farmers and planters. James was elected a director of the Odell Manufacturing Co. in Concord in 1886. In 1887, he became interested in textile manufacturing and left his brother’s firm to build a mill for spinning coarse cotton yarn, Concord Manufacturing Co. This led to the
formation of other mills: Cabarrus Cotton Mills founded at Concord, N.C., by J. W. Cannon and others; Patterson Manufacturing Co. founded at China Grove, Rowan Co., N.C., by J. Frank Patterson, J. W. Cannon, and others; Kesler Manufacturing Co. founded at Salisbury, N.C. Kesler Manufacturing Co. Salisbury Cotton Mill About 1906, Cannon decided to build a mill and a town devoted exclusively to the manufacture of towels. Cannon named it Kannapolis after the greek root of Cannon. Kannapolis developed into the largest unicorporated town in the world. they built houses, schools, churches-everything needed for a town. when the mill opened in 1908, it could produce more towels than any group of mills. In addition to being a towel city, Cannon had done enough for his employees that Kannapolis was recognized as a model city. The Cannon Mill manufactured a variety of cotton cloth into muslin and percale sheets and pillowcases, tire fabrics, and women's hosiery. At the time, there were 12 mills that employed 15,000 workers with a sales of $40,000,000 per year. in Kannapolis, more than 300,000 towels were produced each day. Charles did not stop and rest on his father's laurels. Further expansion was required to keep up with the growing prosperity of the roaring twenties. In 1921 J.W. Cannon died. His son Charles Albert Cannon became company president.
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