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The fabric that makes up the Mount Vernon family is unique. Each employee plays a vital role in contributing to the company's success. When their jobs are performed well, the process becomes more efficient. The more efficient the process, the more the company is able to meet the goals of the shareholders as well as its collective responsibilities to the communities where plants are located.

Mount Vernon Mills has been in continuous operation for over 150+ years, with a widely diverse range of products, services and capabilities. It is one of the most dynamic companies in the textile industry, with a corporate commitment to reinvestment. Through technological advances, Mount Vernon Mills has been able to change and adapt to the growing threat of foreign competition.

Our Mission

Our Mission.

Satisfying our customers. We will be the supplier of choice by our customers; the employer of choice by our co-workers and our communities; and the investment of choice by our owners.

Our Foundation.

Traditional values of fairness and integrity. We will be a model of integrity and excellence for business and industry. Team work is our way of life.

Our Commitment.

To our customers, the 2.700 members of our family and the 15 communities where our plants are located. We will pursue excellence in all we do. Our traditions of citizenship and service will demonstrate our care for the people and environment around us.

Our Vision.

Ongoing capital investment in world-class capabilities for today's and tomorrow's success. We must be financially successful to prosper as co-workers and as a corporation.

We believe in balanced growth and strongly urge our customers and suppliers to form market partnership programs. We want to be viewed as fair, tough, and somewhat unpredictable by our competitors. We take pride in our profitmaking performance and return on assets employed.

Setting Sail...History of Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon traces its origin to the Jones Falls area in what is now Baltimore, Maryland.  Several flour or grist mills were built there around 1810, and by the 1830s, many of the mills were being converted into cotton duck manufacturing operations.  One such mill, when it was converted in 1847, was named “Mount Vernon Mill No. 1.” This mill, together with several others in the area, would soon become the Mount Vernon Company, a leading maker of quality cotton duck cloth for sails for clipper ships and canvas cloth for tents.. 

The early years of Mount Vernon provided at least one interesting historical footnote.  Fabrics made by the Company’s mill in Baltimore were sewn into tents used by the Union Army in the Civil War.  At the same time, the Tallassee, Alabama facility, which became part of Mount Vernon in 1900, produced cloth for uniforms and carbine rifles for the Confederate Army.

Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, Mount Vernon endured a series of acquisitions, combinations and divestitures, as the Company and its cotton duck competitors pushed and shoved for influence in the market.  The Company finally reorganized in 1915 as Mount Vernon-Woodbury Mills.  The name was changed to Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. in 1956.  The Company remained primarily a cotton duck and canvas manufacturer into the 1940s when it began manufacturing blended fabrics with cotton and man-made yarns.  Net sales in 1946 were about $34 million.  By the 1960s, the product line had expanded to include such items as dryer felts used by paper manufacturers, fabrics for industrial and commercial conveyor belts, heavyweight apparel fabrics, and yarn for upholstery fabrics.

Social Responsibility

One of Mount Vernon Mills' guiding business philosophies is that the interests of the stockholders, the employees, and the communities - of which each plant is a part - are equal. Because of this, no one interest is any more important than any other in the total company equation. It is therefore incumbent upon all to work together in harmony, because each is so closely tied.

It is through this framework and company spirit that the R.B. Pamplin Corporation and its subsidiaries have generously donated numerous buildings, helped build schools, and given contributions to each of the local communities that are home to Mount Vernon Mills' operations.

In 1981, Mount Vernon Mills donated the historic Columbia Mills Complex to the State of South Carolina to house the State Museum. 1986 heralded a substantial gift which was given by R.B. Pamplin to Virginia Tech, endowing the R.B. Pamplin School of Business. In 1996, the small town of Trion, GA received funds from Mount Vernon Mills to help build a new modern school for the children there.

Mount Vernon Mills’ efforts to be an exemplary corporate citizen do not stop there. We are very committed to sustainability and social compliance. As shown under the Eco Excellence Program link on our home page, protecting our natural resources is important to us. Our products meet today’s global demand for environmental excellence, minimizing the impact to the ecosystem while also minimizing if not eliminating risk to the end user. We also work hard to provide a safe and healthful workplace. This is not just for our facilities, but throughout our supply chain.

Mount Vernon Mills actively participates in a number of social compliance and sustainability programs offered by our customers, the apparel industry and other organizations. Our foreign suppliers must agree to meet the conditions of these programs before they can do business with us. They must agree to (1) provide decent working conditions for their employees; (2) not use slave labor, child labor, prison labor or otherwise engage in human trafficking; and (3) promote good environmental stewardship. And we check on them. Not only do we have our own team of trained auditors, but we also use independent agencies to evaluate compliance as well. Plus, many of our customers conduct their own audits of our supply chain. Inspections are both announced and unannounced.

For more information about any of these efforts, please contact our Corporate Office.

The Pamplin Family

In 1982, R.B. Pamplin Corporation purchased Mount Vernon Mills. Since that time, as chairman and CEO, Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. has overseen investment of more than $840 million in capital improvements, and grown revenues through enhanced internal operations and additional acquisitions.

Today, Mount Vernon Mills is a major producer of blue denim, textiles for home furnishings, yarn, uniform and work clothes, chemicals and other miscellaneous textile materials. Mount Vernon Mills is the country’s second or third largest private textile company and the largest apparel fabric manufacturer. Read more at

by Dr. Radut