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Hamrick Mills Named Business Of The Year

Hamrick Mills, Gaffney, S.C., has received the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year award in recognition of the company's long-standing success and its contributions and service to the local community. The award was presented at the chamber's recent annual awards banquet.

Hamrick Mills, established in Gaffney in 1900 by Dr. Wylie C. Hamrick and other investors under the name Limestone Mills, today operates two vertical spinning and weaving mills that produce light- to medium-weight fabrics for apparel, home furnishings and industrial applications. The company currently is led by members of the third, fourth and fifth generations of the Hamrick family; and its workforce including manufacturing, supervisory and corporate personnel totals approximately 370 people.

"Hamrick Mills is one of the most important companies in Cherokee County," said Kayla Robbs, executive director, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce. "It is still a strong and very vibrant company within the textile industry, and a very well-loved company in this community. A lot of people have ties to the company — their parents and grandparents worked for Hamrick Mills over the years — and people have very warm, strong, positive feelings about the company."

 "Hamrick Mills is a long-time member of the Cherokee County and the South Carolina Chambers of Commerce. Members of the Hamrick family and employees of the company are very active in the various activities and functions within the county, the city of Gaffney and the state," said Jim Hopkins, sales and marketing manager, Hamrick Mills. "The company plans to continue to provide a source of employment to the people of Cherokee County and surrounding communities and maintain/sustain textile operations for the generations to come."

March/April 2011