There are still a few textile mills in the Carolina Piedmont, making futuristic fabrics that cover soldiers’ helmets and the roofs of commercial buildings.
There is also a new threat on the horizon. A proposed free trade agreement with South Korea, which the House and Senate are scheduled to consider this week, would open the American market to a manufacturing powerhouse that has its own high-technology textile industry.
Glen Raven and Highland execs are quoted in the Times article, which says the textile industry is "struggling to be heard" as the bill advances.
It might help if the local paper covered the story.
Maybe free Jeri Rowe from the sob-story beat once a week and let the poor guy do some real reporting? That would improve content by commission and omission with the same maneuver.