Chatham Manufacturing

Elkin, NC

A division of CMI Industries, Chatham Manufacturing began operations in 1876 as a blanket manufacturer. In 1999, the company was an integrated manufacturer whose products included automotive fabrics, blankets, mattress pads, jacquard­woven cotton throws, and furniture upholstery. Chatham employed more than 1,600 as the largest employer in the Elkin area.

CMI bought Chatham in 1992. Chatham became a global supplier of automotive textile products through joint venture and cooperative alliances with several world­class automotive textile suppliers. Chatham has partnered with Tatsuma Textile Company of Japan since 1987, which focused on increasing business with Japanese automobile manufacturers. In 1999, Chatham supplied a variety of fabrics for vehicles produced by Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda, and Isuzu.

The company also participated in a joint venture with AB Borgstena Textile, Borgstena, Sweden, a leading European automotive supplier. In 1995, Chatham formed a cooperative alliance with Treveo, a leading French automotive supplier.

Source:  John W. McCurrey, Melissa Stampley, Walter N. Rozelle, Textile World, December 1999, p65.

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Postcards of the Chatham Blanket, left, and Chatham Manufacturing Company, Elkin, NC (Home of Chatham Blankets), shown below.  Courtesy: Bill Wornall Textile Postcard Collection

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“The largest Woolen Blanket Mill in the South that manufactures blankets exclusively, Elkin, N.C.” Pub. by Somers 5 &10c Store. Mailed from Elkin NC on Aug 15, 1912

 

 

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From The Dispatch 1907

 

 

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Chatham Blanket Ads – 1933 Good
Housekeeping Magazine.   Courtesy: TJS Labs

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Chatham Blanket Ads – 1947 Life Magazine.
Courtesy: TJS Labs