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The Burlington Industries, Inc. Project

Burlington Industries Headquarters, Greensboro NC
The Southern Oral History Program's Burlington Industries project is the first scholarly effort to chronicle the history of the Greensboro, North Carolina-based textile company in comprehensive fashion. Burlington Industries was founded in 1923 (as Burlington Mills) by J. Spencer Love, ranked in a 1999 issue of Business North Carolina magazine as the most influential business figure in the state's history. Through shrewd acquisitions and pioneering production of rayon and later nylon fabrics, Love built Burlington Industries from a single, 200-employee mill into a company that was the largest textile manufacturer in the world at the time of his death in 1961. Oral history documentation of the management strategies, business practices, and inner workings of Burlington Industries, during both the Love era and subsequent decades, will provide key perspectives in understanding state, regional, and national economic history in the 20th century. Potential interviewees include not only company officials and employees but also outside observers, company advisers, industry experts, and executives from competing or acquired firms.

The Southern Oral History Program
Center for the Study of the American South
Love House and Hutchins Forum
410 East Franklin St., CB# 9127, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-9127
(919) 962-0455