Cone Denim said today that it inked a deal to bring the American Draper X3 selvage looms “from the iconic White Oak plant back into production.”
“The agreement with local investor Will Dellinger provides for the sale of the X3 looms to Dellinger, who plans to start them up for the purpose of producing denim fabric in North Carolina,” the company said in a statement.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The American Draper X3 looms were made by Draper Corp., and “were a significant factor in the movement of the cotton textile industry to the South,” the company said, adding that the looms “being sold to Dellinger date as far back as the Forties; some were original to the White Oak plant while others were reclaimed from outside sources and restored for use at the plant.”
Cone Denim president Steve Maggard said it is satisfying “to see a path forward for these iconic looms that allow them to remain in North Carolina and continue the legacy of American denim. The denim community has been so supportive of Cone Denim and the heritage of the White Oak plant, which will forever be a part of Cone Denim.”
Maggard said while the company will not
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