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Blackie called me a few months ago to say he was working on his memoirs. I said I would be the first to want to read them, but I guess that pleasure will have to be foregone. The one and only Blackie Gadarian died July 21 after a short illness and a long life filled with fun..

Consumers are more likely to trade down to private label colas from Pepsi and Coke than they are from difficult to duplicate flavored soft drinks like Mtn Dew and Dr Pepper. But, Mr. Hemphill added, soft drinks in general could be viewed by consumers as an affordable alternative to pricier categories like value added water.

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June 17th, 2015 at 12:39 am

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From Farm field To Cotton Mill

Trion, Georgia (CNN) Christopher Wolfe has a Tough As Nails, I Love America attitude. His pride swells along with his tattooed biceps. He’s a dying breed, a blue collar American working on a product as American as apple pie.

Blue jeans.

Those jeans you squeezed into this morning? It’s likely they began right here at Mount Vernon Mills, one of the last functioning cotton mills in America and the nation’s No. 1 producer of denim.

In a tiny enclave of northwest Georgia, Wolfe and 1,200 of his colleagues churn cheap jerseys out enough denim per week for 800,000 pairs of blue jeans. mills shut down years ago, unable to compete with cheap overseas labor. And in another sign of the global economy, the fabric woven here is rarely sent to American plants to be turned into jeans. Instead, the fabric is shipped mostly to factories in Mexico. fabric.”

Blame NAFTA. Blame outsourcing. Blame corporate greed for the selling out of America’s manufacturing soul.

“I’d rather see people over here work, instead of struggling instead of giving somebody in another country a chance to make money that [Americans] should be making,” says Wolfe, 31.

He’s got a scar across his forehead, a shaved head and goatee. Like a pair of well worn blue jeans, he’s rough and tough.

Some workers here are second and third generation employees, following in the footsteps of their fathers, mothers and grandparents. Wolfe’s dad and brother work at the mill. “We contribute a lot to America,” Wolfe says with a smile.

He’s a father of four young daughters. He makes about $9 an hour. He toils for them, for his little girls, so they can have a better a life.

“This mill here,” he says, “it feeds my family.”

It has been in existence since 1845, when slaves handpicked cotton in the South. Back then, mill workers spun the cotton into fabric and shipped it to factories in the North.

It’s said Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman came through Trion, Georgia, during the Civil War and decided not to burn the factory down. The reason remains town lore. Some speculate the Union general might’ve been treated to the charms of Southern hospitality at the local hotel (wink, wink).

What’s a good Southern tale without dare we say it? some yarnspinning.

Boss Man who fights for workers

Inside, you can’t help but marvel at the scene around you. Hundreds of spools of thread churn all at once, with computer like precision. There’s a million square feet of manufacturing space, much of it Canadian rock maple hardwood floors. It’s clean with a brilliant shine. Thread shoots every which way, as if Spider Man came through.

The sweet, distinct smell of cotton permeates the mill like that of nature in a hardwood forest, with the faint hint of a wet Labrador retriever.

When you walk through with general manager Don Henderson, the workers pause. They glance at Boss Man. Many stroll over to shake his hand. How you doing? Everything, OK?

Henderson is one reason this place is still in business, on American soil. He has an aww shucks attitude. He’ll tell you it’s those men and women out there on the floor that keep it going. He’s got pride in the plant, in his workers and in his family.

His father worked for 39 years in the spinning department. His brother retired from the plant after 42 years, having started when he was 16 and eventually making his way into management.

“If I had the ultimate say so, we would be right here for the next 100 years,” says Henderson, 64, who has worked in the plant for 40 years.

While the nation’s manufacturing base has shrunk, Mount Vernon Mills is a rare exception. The tiny town of Trion pronounced Try On, as in “our residents always ‘try on,'” 78 year old Mayor Benny Perry says has a staggeringly large annual budget for such a small town. Its $12 million, mostly from taxes the mill pays, provides a state of the art public school, park space and athletic fields.

If the mill shuttered, “it would destroy the town,” Perry says.

In its heydey, the mill had 5,000 workers in the 1940s and 1950s. The company owned everything in town back then, from the tiny mill houses that surround the plant to the town hospital where Henderson and many of his co workers were born.

As a result, Trion doesn’t have a quaint town square. The mill is the centerpiece.

About two years ago, when the nation’s recession hit hard, the plant had to layoff about 200 workers. “It was awful,” Henderson says.

To save as many jobs as possible and to maximize efficiency, the plant switched to two, 12 hour shifts. That’s down from three shifts, five days a week.

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June 6th, 2015 at 3:33 am

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