History of Trenton Mills
The year, 1884, was an exciting time in the little town of Trenton,
Tennessee. One of the favorite pastimes, particularly on Sunday
afternoons, was to load the family in a horse-drawn buggy or wagon and
ride down near the railroad tracks to look with pride upon a new, two
story brick building nearing completion to house a cotton mill which was
to become the town’s first industry.
It was known as the Trenton Cotton Mill Company, and was incorporated by a
special act of the Legislature that year. There was reason for enthusiasm
among the town’s leaders, for this new industry would provide jobs for 160
people, and have a weekly payroll of $600.
During the early years of its operation, the lower floor of the mill
building was used as a weaving room, with 160 looms in operation. The
second story housed the carding and spinning machinery, with forty carding
machines and 6,000 spindles on the spinning equipment.
The first products were woven fabrics such as sheeting and drills, and
cotton batting which was sold to furniture and mattress manufacturers.
One of the things to which the owners proudly pointed was the fact that
the new mill, lighted by its own electric system, used over two hundred
The original building had burned in 1929, and had been rebuilt. When the
mill was rebuilt, the looms were replaced with knitting machines, and the
plant’s principal products were meat bags and wiping cloths.
The mill was acquired by Dyersburg Fabrics Inc. on October 28, 1964, and
with the acquisition came a new future for Trenton Mills. The new owners
launched a bold modernization and expansion program.
Then, in September 2001, a new era began for Trenton Mills when the Donner
family, formerly associated with Dyersburg Fabrics, purchased the business
from Dyersburg. Capital improvements have begun, with the first series of
new knitting machines already installed and running production. We pride
ourselves on product quality and service second to none in our industry,
and we appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.
Trenton Mills, LLC
P.O. Box 107
400 Factory Street
Trenton, TN 38382-0107
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