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Business Divisions

Apparel Fabrics

The Apparel Fabrics Group is the largest of all the Mount Vernon Mills groups, accounting for over half of all company sales. Two primary product groups are involved - denim and piece-dyed fabrics.

Apparel Fabrics operates one of the largest denim manufacturing facilities in the world in Trion, Georgia. This mill produces a wide variety of denim including washed, over-dyed, and stretch fabrics. Other products within the group include twills, drills, duck, and plain weave fabrics. These are piece-dyed for career apparel, work clothing and sportswear -- most of which is considered "bottom weight" for pants, slacks, and trousers. The group is also an important supplier of flame resistant fabrics and military uniform fabrics.

The Apparel Fabrics Group consists of a fully integrated denim mill, plus a piece dyeing and finishing plant located in Trion, GA and yarn and fabric production facilities in Alto, GA.

For more information on our flame resistant products, visit our Mount Vernon Flame Resistant Fabrics site.


The Brentex Division manufactures fabrics on air jet and projectile looms using open-end, ring, and vortex spun yarns and texturized filament yarns. Bleaching, dyeing, finishing and post-finish applications are provided within Mount Vernon. Brentex also produces pocketings and other apparel trim items. Manufacturing operations are located in Cuero, Texas, and Columbus, Mississippi.

End use products include pants, shirts, outerwear, home furnishings including drapery, interlinings, sheets, decking, and awnings, tapes, book bindings, artists' canvas, gloves, abrasive fabrics, pocketings and trim items, military apparel components, electronic composites, tablecloths and napkins, coated fabrics, flags, surgical towels, boat covers, filtration media, and beltings. 

For more info on the BrenTex division, visit their web site at:


Mount Vernon Chemicals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mount Vernon Mills, Inc., is home for all the chemical operations of Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Chemicals has three principal divisions - Apollo, PhilChem and FCI Technology.

A key area is wet chemistry, and includes the business purchased from CPC Chemical Holdings in 2007. Production facilities are located in Burlington, North Carolina, and Opelika, Alabama, operating under the Apollo Chemicals banner. Products include a variety of chemical auxiliaries for textile dyeing and finishing (such as lubricants and softeners), as well as chemicals for personal care and other non-textile uses.  Apollo ® products are sold around the world, especially in Latin America.  For more information, see our website at

PhilChem is a leading supplier of textile sizing and other dry chemical products (such as adhesives) to customers throughout the world. PhilChem's manufacturing operations are located in Greer, South Carolina. For more information, see our website at

The third key area is FCI Technology, a major supplier of a diverse range of chemicals across many industries and markets. FCI has unique capabilities, able to match customers with special needs with suppliers they might not otherwise find. FCI's offices are located in Gastonia, North Carolina, and it operates warehouse facilities in Ware Shoals, South Carolina. For more information, see our website at

Consumer Products

The Consumer Products Division (CPD) is an important supplier to the hospitality industry and other commercial markets. Its products include tablecloths, napkins, sheets and towels for restaurants and hotels, as well as surgical towels for the institutional market, and infant blankets for retailers. Its brands, such as Riegel ® and Permalux ®, are well known throughout the marketplace. CPD provides unique sourcing opportunities for its customers. If quick delivery is essential, or customized products for special applications are needed, CPD can produce the product domestically. If time is not critical, but pricing is, the products can be provided from a diverse global platform. And CPD always stands behind its products with unsurpassed customer service.

CPD has two facilities in South Carolina. Its McCormick Plant provides cut-and-sew operations in support of both domestic and imported platforms. CPD also has a distribution facility located in Johnston. See for more information.

Shop at our Riegel Linen online store Contact the Consumer Products Division by calling 1-800-845-2232. You can shop on-line at

LaFrance Industries

La France industries is a domestic manufacturer which produces fabrics for paint rollers and for seating surfaces. This division focuses on the automotive, big truck, transportation, residential, and commercial markets. Visit the LaFrance Industries website for more information.

Mount Vernon Corporate

Providing support for the varied operations of Mount Vernon's textile, chemical and transportation businesses is no small undertaking. Mount Vernon Corporate, located in Mauldin, South Carolina, oversees the massive amount of information and data that flows into this multifaceted corporation each day. The company employs 2,700 people at facilities in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Mississippi. It is composed of six groups: Apparel Fabrics (AFG), Consumer Products (CPD), Chemicals, Brentex, La France Industries, and Transportation. Each group represents various product diversities. And just as the fiber is opened, cleaned and aligned in textile manufacturing, Mount Vernon Corporate plans, implements, and directs all group operations within the family.

It's accomplished through a 'Centralized Policies/Decentralized Management' approach. Corporate monitors such aspects as company systems, marketing/strategic planning, customer sales and service, regulatory issues, finances and accounting, environmental controls, and human resource policies. Each individual operation oversees its own product functions, day to day running of the mills, and achieving their corporate goals.

Mount Vernon Transportation

Mount Vernon’s Transportation Group, comprising the Smith & Waters, Inc. subsidiary of Mount Vernon and related assets, provides truck hauling services and supporting logistics for outside customers, as well as for the suppliers, customers and plants of Mount Vernon. For outside customers, located primarily in the Southeastern United States and Texas, Smith & Waters provides both truckload and less-than-truckload services for “on time, every time” delivery. For Mount Vernon facilities, Smith & Waters handles incoming raw materials and supplies, shipments between plants, and deliveries to customers throughout the country. Smith & Waters strives to offer unparalleled delivery services, often going beyond the call of duty to make sure the customer has the goods when they are needed.

Smith & Waters operates a fleet of about 120 over-the-road tractors and over 500 trailers. Tractors include late model Peterbilts, Internationals, and Freightliners. Trailers are mostly 53 foot box trailers, with some 48 foot box. Smith & Waters also has flatbed trailers available, plus several dry bulk and wet tankers. Trucks are dispatched from two terminals, in Ware Shoals, South Carolina and Sylacauga, Alabama. The Sylacauga operation is also known as Avondale Trucking.

Loads are dispatched and tracked using TMW software and other proprietary systems, which provide quick verification of a shipment’s status. Each terminal has its own in-house maintenance shop to handle most repairs, and service vehicles are available 24/7 to respond to most problems arising out on the road. All drivers have at least three years of commercial driving experience, and are required to maintain safe driving records. Accidents and out-of-service incidents are among the lowest in the industry.

The Sylacauga terminal is the result of the July 2006 acquisition of the transportation business of Avondale Mills, Inc. This acquisition enabled Smith & Waters to double the size of its fleet and to dramatically increase its capability to handle outside customer needs in the Southeastern U.S. and adjacent areas. Smith & Waters now offers daily access from the Carolinas to Texas and all points in between. For excellent delivery service at competitive prices, Smith & Waters is the answer. For more information, please call 1-800-255-6750.

by Dr. Radut