National Spinning The leading US-based yarn resource Fri, 05 May 2017 15:02:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 National Spinning Chairman and CEO Jim Chesnutt addresses STA Fri, 05 May 2017 15:02:36 +0000 National Spinning Chairman and CEO Jim Chesnutt recently spoke at a meeting of the Southern Textile Association.  His comments are summarized here.

In a related article penned by  Devin Steele of eTextile Communications, Chesnutt is profiled and recognized for his work on behalf of the US textile industry and National Spinning. This fitting tribute can be found here.  The owner-employees of National Spinning are pleased to call Jim our standard-bearer and co-worker.

The US textile industry employs over 500,000 people directly and produces well over $75 billion in annual revenue, according to information gathered by the National Council of Textile Organizations.  For more information about our vibrant industry, please click here.

Hull promoted to General Manager of Carolina Nonwovens Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:43:29 +0000 Ed Hull, Operations Manager of the Carolina Nonwovens division of National Spinning Co., Inc. has been promoted to General Manager of the division. The position will include responsibilities for manufacturing, sales, and marketing.

In speaking of Mr. Hull’s promotion, Chairman and CEO of National Spinning stated, “In his time with the division, Ed has managed the transformation of the operation from one with severe challenges to a growing, vibrant part of National’s portfolio of businesses. We look forward to continued success for the division under Ed’s leadership. ”

Carolina Nonwovens was acquired by National Spinning in 2012.  Shortly thereafter, Mr. Hull was hired as Operations Manager in the Lincolnton, NC facility.  Under his management, and with National Spinning resources, large strides have been achieved in manufacturing, product quality, product development, and distribution.

Growth of the nonwoven division led to the July 2016 relocation into a new, expanded, state of the art plant in Maiden, NC.  In the fourth quarter of 2016, this plant received prestigious ISO-9000 certification. New associates have been hired and trained during this expansion.

National Spinning Co., Inc., an employee-owned company, is based in Washington, NC.  The company was founded in 1921 and has three operating divisions.  National Spinning Company offers a wide range of natural and dyed yarns for knit, woven, braided, tufted, and craft applications.  Carolina Nonwovens offers  air-laid/thermo-bonded and top-needled products for insulation material, foam replacement, geotextiles, and more. Hampton Art offers a diverse mix of consumer craft products for retail sale.  The company operates four manufacturing facilities and one distribution center in North Carolina, with additional offices in New York and elsewhere. Distribution includes domestic and international sales.



Update on plant operations, October 11, 2016 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:35:42 +0000 As of this morning, all National Spinning yarn and nonwoven plants are in full operation f0llowing power restoration after Hurricane Matthew.  Please contact your plant manager should you have trouble reaching your workplace due to road closures or other issues.

Our Washington, NC distribution and office facility currently has no power.  We will post again here when the situation changes.

We continue to ship and receive from all plants.

Thanks to all for their cooperation during the storm event.  Your safety is important to us.


Weather-related shutdowns Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:25:48 +0000 As of 8:00AM Monday, October 10, 2016 some of our plants are still not operating due to Hurricane Matthew.  Please contact your plant or Customer Service to find out about openings, shipping, and receiving.



Washington, NC and Maiden, NC

Carolina Nonwovens, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Spinning Co., Inc. announces the grand opening of its new facility in Maiden, NC.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held today on the site, hosted by National Spinning Chairman and CEO James Chesnutt, National Spinning’s Board of Directors, and the staff of Carolina Nonwovens.  Notable guests will include Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina, Mayor Robert Smyre of Maiden, and Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair, Randal Isenhower.

The site consists of 92,000 square feet on 11 acres. The current workforce has been retained and 35 new jobs are being added, for a total of approximately 65 employees.  Facilities include nonwoven production lines and ancillary processes, with additional spaces for logistics, engineering, quality control, and product design.  Matthews Construction Co. of Conover, NC built the plant.  Laroche S.A.(France) and Technoplants srl (Italy), both of whom are represented by Allertex of America, Inc., based in Cornelius, NC, provided processing machinery.

Commenting on the expansion, Plant Manager Ed Hull Plant stated, “We are delighted to continue serving customers, now with expanded capacity and enhanced product capability.”  Sales Director Randy Cook added, “We can now offer quicker turns, a more diverse range of products, and line extension.” National Spinning President Jim Booterbaugh commented, “This state-of the-art plant gives us a platform for divisional growth and further economies of scale for our entire corporation.”

Chairman Emeritus Morgan Miller noted, “It is remarkable that National Spinning has been able to complete a greenfield operation in this time of concern for US manufacturing jobs. Our entire team and trading partners are to be congratulated for bringing new jobs and a beautiful new facility to North Carolina and the USA.”

CEO Jim Chesnutt stated,”Carolina Nonwovens has made tremendous strides since we acquired it in 2012. We appreciate the support of all those whose efforts have built a strong future for the division.” He added, “The assistance provided by the NC Economic Development Partnership, NC Department of Commerce, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, County of Catawba, Town of Maiden, The Stump Companies, and Matthews Construction Company significantly contributed to the successful opening of this Maiden site.”

National Spinning Co., Inc., founded in 1921, is an employee-owned manufacturer and distributor of yarn, nonwovens, and consumer craft items, with plant locations in Washington, Whiteville, Beulaville, Burlington, and Maiden, NC.  Sales are domestic and international.  For further information, please contact Mr. Jim Booterbaugh, * *

National Spinning associates honored by STA Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:41:18 +0000 At the June 2016 meeting of the Southern Textile Association, two National Spinning associates were recognized for their outstanding service to the United States textile industry.  National Spinning extends heartiest congratulations to Jim Chesnutt and Mitch Hensley, with all wishes for continued success.


Chairman and CEO James W. (Jim) Chesnutt received the Chapman Award, created to recognize individuals for exemplary service to the U.S. textile industry.  The award is named in honor of James A. Chapman, Sr., James A. Chapman, Jr., and Joseph Chapman of Inman Mills.

Mr. Chesnutt is a graduate of East Carolina University and began his career with Bank of America in Charlotte, NC. From 1973 to 1997 he worked for Harriet and Henderson Yarns, Inc., rising to the rank of president.  In September of 1997, Mr. Chesnutt joined National Spinning, rising to the title of CEO and Chairman.

Chesnutt is a past chairman of the National Cotton Council. He served as past president of the National Council of Textile Organizations, the American Yarn Spinners Association, and the North Carolina Manufacturers Association. Chesnutt served as past board member of the New York Cotton Exchange and the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, Mr. Chesnutt currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of East Carolina University, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the East Carolina University College of Business Advisory Council, and the Vidant Medical Center.  He is chairman of the Beaufort County Committee of 100 and serves on the Board of Trustees of Beaufort County Community College.

Jim and wife Judy reside in Washington, NC.  They have two sons and four grandchildren.


Also honored by STA was Mitchell F. (Mitch) Hensley, business manager of technical yarns for National Spinning. Hensley is the recipient of the David Clark Award, named for the founder of STA.  This prestigious award honors past presidents of the Southern Textile Association who continue to contribute distinguished leadership and service to the association and the U.S. textile industry for ten or more years following their service as STA president.  Recipients are selected by a vote of the STA Board of Governors.

Mr. Hensley graduated from Appalachian State University in 1996 and began his textile career at Ramtex, Inc. He rose to the rank of manufacturing manager and, later, sales manager.  In 2007, he joined Patrick Yarns, where he led as director of manufacturing. Mr. Hensley joined National Spinning in 2014.

Mitch’s professsional and civic activities include being a past manufacturer’s representative in the National Cotton Council,  a current manufacturing advisory council member of Cleveland Community College, and a member of Central United Methodist Church in Shelby, NC.

Mitch and his wife Suzanne live in Shelby, NC with their three daughters.


National Spinning Company announces appointment to Board of Directors Wed, 01 Jun 2016 19:35:19 +0000 3f6c678

June 1, 2016.  Washington, NC and New York, NY.

National Spinning Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the election of Behnam Pourdeyhimi to its Board of Directors by unanimous consent at its recent quarterly meeting.

Dr. Pourdeyhimi is the Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and the Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension at North Carolina State University, where he also serves as Director of The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University.  He received his Ph.D. from Leeds University in 1982 and has held former positions at Cornell University, the University of Maryland, and Georgia Tech.

Dr. Pourdeyhimi is well known and respected in the fields of textiles, fiber science, nonwovens, biomaterials, and more.  In addition to his own research and teaching, he has been a consultant to over 30 major research institutions and corporations.

In announcing Pourdeyhimi’s election to National Spinning’s board, Chairman James Chesnutt noted, “We could not be more excited to add Behnam to our board.  His input will be invaluable as we continue to expand our footprint in nonwovens and as our legacy yarn business evolves.” Chesnutt added, “Behnam’s breadth of experience and contacts will serve all our operating divisions well.”

National Spinning, an employee-owned company based in North Carolina and founded in 1921, is best known as a yarn spinner and dyer, supplying yarn for apparel, home furnishings, consumer, protective, and industrial uses.  The Hampton Art subsidiary (Washington, NC) supplies wholesale consumer craft items including decorative rubber stamps, paper products, wood products, and glass beads.  The Carolina Nonwovens subsidiary (Maiden, NC) supplies air-laid and needled thermo-bonded pads and rolls for acoustic and thermal insulation, mattress components, and more. The corporate division leases commercial space in Washington, NC.

For further information, please contact

National Spinning shipping boxes of yesteryear live on in Rauschenberg’s timeless art Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:36:23 +0000 Rauschenberg, National SpinningPhotography and digital image © The Menil Collection. Not for reproduction or publication.


Many people are familiar with the work of noted artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925 to 2008). But how many know National Spinning’s yarn boxes were used in one of his celebrated pieces?

The work of art pictured above, titled “National Spinning,” is a three-dimensional object/sculpture created by the artist in 1971 of cardboard, wood, string, and steel. The dimensions are 100 x 98.5 x 8.5”. The work is currently on view in an exhibition called Precarious at the Menil Collection in Houston, TX. “National Spinning” has previously been exhibited at the Menil, Museu Serralves in Porto, Portugal, Haus Der Kunst in Munich, Germany and MADRE in Naples, Italy. In addition, it has been on view in Menil’s permanent collection galleries from time to time since its acquisition. This adds up to many, many views by eyes around the world.

We are pleased to have had the artist notice our boxes and re-purpose them for his intriguing and thought-provoking art.  National Spinning Co., Inc., an employee-owned company, is pleased to continue producing beautiful, functional, and timeless yarns for domestic and export markets, as we have since 1921. We hope you will consider our yarns for your needs and smile in recognition when you see our name of the wall of a gallery one day.  Thank you for visiting our website.

National Spinning at Outdoor Retailer in January 2016 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:34:13 +0000 Mitch Hensley and Mike Carter will be attending the OR show this January in Salt Lake City, UT.  Please contact one of these gentlemen or email to arrange a meeting.

National Spinning’s dye plant receives Oeko-Tex® Certification Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:12:36 +0000 Both in response to customer requests and a corporate commitment to environmental stewardship, National Spinning’s Alamance dyeing facility in Burlington, NC has received Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, product class I certification. This certification affirms National Spinning’s conformity to both Annex XVII of REACH (including the use of azo-dyes, nickel, etc.) and ISO 17050-1.

We are pleased to have achieved this recognition and thank all of our associates who made it possible. For more information about this certification, please click here..

Yarn deying

Robotics at Alamance