Cone Denim will close their White Oak Plant

The last American selvedge denim mill, Cone Denim, just announced the news that they will close the doors of their White Oak Plant in Greensboro. International Textile Group which owns the plant says manufacturing costs have forced them to close it. The Cone Denim White Oak Plant was named after a 200 year old White Oak tree that stood nearby and served as a gathering place for people traveling to Greensboro from the surrounding countryside. The plant has been open since 1905.

Authentic Draper Shuttle Looms

The Cone Denim White Oak Plant is worldwide famous of their high-quality selvedge fabrics woven on authentic Draper shuttle looms. At one point it had around 3.000 looms running day and night. White Oak also produced the classic redline selvedge fabrics for Levi’s Jeans. Their partnership is also known as the Golden Handshake and celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2015. This news will ends a historical era in the denim industry. The Cone Denim White Oak Plant will officially close on December 31, 2017.

Read more about the history of Cone Denim here.

Cone Denim White Oak mill at the early ’40’s with American Draper X3 fly shuttle looms

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.