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Thurman Burleson & Sons Farm - Cotton Farm

Rolling Hills Gin - Cotton Gin

Hill Spinning - Yarn Spinner

Spunlab Performance Yarns - Yarn Spinner

Contempora Fabrics - Fabric Knitter

Alandale Industries - Fabric Knitter

Carolina Cotton Works - Fabric Finisher

South Fork Industries Inc - Fabric Finisher

Industries of the Blind - Cut / Sew

TS Designs - Print / Dye

This Supply Chain Makes Products for

TS Designs uses this supply chain to produce t-shirts for custom print and dye customers nationwide. You can request a quote for your own custom printed t-shirts at

Key Info About Your Shirt

Travels Only

Miles Dirt-to-Shirt

(as the crow flies)

Made From


grown in the Carolinas

Your shirt was made from 100% cotton grown in Wadesboro, NC.

This supply chain is designed to provide locally-produced apparel with the smallest transportation footprint possible, grown and made entirely in the Carolinas.

Your Supply Chain's Name

WYC supply chains are named after innovations in textile manufacturing throughout history. This supply chain's name is Spinning Mule.

The spinning mule is a machine used to spin cotton yarn. It was invented between 1775 and 1779 by Samuel Crompton as a hybrid of the spinning jenny and water frame, the two dominant spinning devices up until the spinning mule’s invention. The term mule was chosen because, like the spinning mule is a combination of two different machines, the animal is the product of crossbreeding two different species.

Meet the Makers of Your Shirt!

Thurman Burleson & Sons Farm

Cotton Farm
ContactRonnie Burleson
Location34 Chewning Road, Wadesboro, NC, United States

A 3rd generation farmer, Ronnie owns Thurman Burleson & Sons Farm along with his brother Dennis, son Andrew, and nephew Aaron.

Ronnie continues his father’s cutting edge farming techniques and practices; he and his family were the first to bring cotton back to the Piedmont region in 1991, having left the area 40+ years before because of the boll weevil.

Of the 3400 acres that make up Ronnie’s farm, 2000 of it is cotton, the rest a mix of corn and soybeans.

Rolling Hills Gin

Cotton Gin
ContactWes Morgan
Websiteclick here
LocationRolling Hills Gin, 29107 Kendalls Church Road, New London, NC, United States

After the resurgence of cotton in the Piedmont region of NC, started by his uncle Ronnie Burleson, Wes and 4 branches of his family pooled their resources and created Rolling Hills Gin in 1996 to fill the need for local farmers.

Because ginning is only performed during the harvest months, only 4 people are employed fulltime at Rolling Hills, including Wes. The rest of the employees work from October through December, but do so 12 hours/day, 6 days a week minimum.

Hill Spinning

Yarn Spinner
ContactMark Leonard
Websiteclick here
LocationHill Spinning Mill, 602 Davidson Street, Thomasville, NC, United States

Hill Spinning is a family owned and operated spinning mill that specializes in spinning cotton yarn. Hill’s operational philosophy is simple but effective: buy good cotton and don’t screw it up.

Mark Leonard is a 3rd generation owner of Hill. He believes in a slow, paced, deliberate approach to cleaning and spinning, which produces a high quality, even, strong, but still very soft yarn.

Spunlab Performance Yarns

Yarn Spinner
ContactDoug Woolweaver
Websiteclick here
Location418 Ascauga Lake Road, Graniteville, SC, United States

SpunLab is a privately-held company with over 100 years of expertise in manufacturing. Their facility in Graniteville is designed to act a s a laboratory for their customers, working with natural, synthetic, technical, and blended fibers to offer a wide range of yarn options.

Contempora Fabrics

Fabric Knitter
ContactRon Roach
Websiteclick here
LocationContempora Fabrics Inc, 351 Contempora Drive, Lumberton, NC, United States

Contempora Fabrics was founded in 1972 by Lacy C. Nance. In 1984, the company transitioned to 40% employee-owned via an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP), then went 100% ESOP in 1988.

Contempora considers its 150 owners/employees its most important asset, and attributes its growth to its highly skilled workforce and modern equipment.

Alandale Industries

Fabric Knitter
ContactShawn Ouimet
Websiteclick here
LocationAlandale Industries, 208 Burnette Street, Troy, NC, United States

Carolina Cotton Works

Fabric Finisher
ContactStacey Bridges
Websiteclick here
LocationCarolina Cotton Works Inc, 14 Commerce Drive, Gaffney, SC, United States

South Fork Industries Inc

Fabric Finisher
ContactEverette Owens
Websiteclick here
LocationSouth Fork Industries Inc, 535 Elm Grove Road, Lincolnton, NC, United States

Industries of the Blind

Cut / Sew
ContactDave LoPresti
Websiteclick here
LocationIndustries of the Blind Inc, 914 West Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro, NC, United States

TS Designs

Print / Dye
ContactEric Henry
Websiteclick here
LocationTS Designs, 2053 Willow Springs Lane, Burlington, NC, United States

TS Designs is a screen printing business founded in 1977 by Tom Sineath.

Once catering to the big apparel brands (Nike, Tommy, Polo, GAP, etc.), TS Designs changed its business model and mission after seeing the destructive effects of NAFTA and globalization on its industry.

TSD now provides unique, American-made printed t-shirts, including Cotton of the Carolinas, a shirt grown and made entirely in North and South Carolina.