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Charlotte's Non-Textile Industry in 1940


In 1940, there were 243 non-textile manufacturing plants in Charlotte. They employed 14,000 people and turned out $50 million in goods. Non-textile industry accounted for an ever-increasing share of the Charlotte economy. By 1975, the last cotton mill in Charlotte had closed, leaving textile manufacturing as a part of the past.

Lance, Inc.

Lance's original location was in Dilworth along South Boulevard. As the snack food manufacturer grew, the location in Dilworth became too small. A new facility was built several miles further down South Boulevard. The building pictured here has now been converted into residential space.

Brown Equipment Company

Buckeye Cotton Oil Company

Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Company, interior view

Interstate Milling Company

Southern Spindle and Flyer Plant

Speas Vinegar Plant

Wade Loft Building