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Yesterday: N.C. Finishing Co. execs in 1954

Executives of the N.C. Finishing Co. are shown in this Salisbury Post file photograph from 1954. From left, they are Julian H. Robertson, president;  Edward T. Taylor, secretary and treasurer; James H. Riddle, vice president and general manager; and Jack C. Childers, executive vice president. The finishing plant, which was constructed in 1916 and no longer exists today, was located in the Yadkin community north of Spencer on the Rowan County side of the Yadkin River. It closed as Color-Tex on Sept. 28, 2000. In 1954, the plant’s annual finished production of cloth could have been wrapped around the earth two times, with enough left over to start a good-sized third wrap. At the time, it was the largest independent commission finishing plant in the world. and was also Rowan County’s largest manufacturing facility in size and number of employees.

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