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Cannon Mills (1887-2003) was a textile manufacturer based in Kannapolis, NC. The company produced a basic textile product for the consumer rather than making yarn to sell or making sheeting from yarn purchased from another mill. Founder James William Cannon’s (1852-1921) mercantile philosophy was to brand the fabric with the Cannon name rather than selling it simply as cotton cloth. In 1982 David H. Murdock purchased Cannon Mills and then sold it in 1986 to Fieldcrest, Inc. Cannon Mills then became known as Fieldcrest Cannon. Pillowtex acquired Fieldcrest Cannon in 1997, but after financial problems hit the company Pillowtex was forced into bankruptcy in 2003. The land that Cannon Mills plant was on was then purchased by David H. Murdock in late 2004, who razed the plant from 2005-2006.
Scope and Content Note
Cannon Mills (1887-2003) was a textile manufacturer based in Kannapolis, NC founded by James William Cannon’s (1852-1921). The Cannon Mills Records consist of correspondence, contracts, corporate charters, personnel records, stock certificates, insurance policies, land surveys, indentures, deeds, right-of-way agreements, financial statements, business proposals, service contracts, parts orders, and sales invoices related to the operation of Cannon Mills dating from 1858-2003.
The Cannon Mills Records were donated to the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University on July 8, 2010 by Vernon and Ann Terry.
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Finding Aid Citation
Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "Cannon Mills Records - Accession 1426". Finding Aid 559.