Slane Hosiery Mill

  • 1915: Willis Slane invests $25,000 in a building on Mangum Street, and begins producing ladies’ cotton stockings.
  • 1919: Men’s plain cotton and mercerized hosiery are added to the production line.
  • 1924: Move into fancy hose field, due to new fabric- rayon.
  • 1928: Purchases Lock Knit Hosiery Mills Inc.
  • 1954: Willis Slane Sr. dies, leaving business to son, Jack. Willis Slane Jr. is Secretary of the company and works in sales and marketing; he founds Hatteras yacht. Co. in 1959.
  • 1958: Produces last full-length sock.
  • 1959-1964: Sales climb above $5,000,000.
  • 1964: Offers 85 patterns and style items, produced on 800 knitting machines.
  • 1986: Slane president, John C. Slane gives 36 pairs of Nike socks to VP George Bush, who is in High Point to dedicate High Point Regional Hospital.
  • 2000: Family sells the business to a small investment group led by Jim Hooper of Staunton Capital in Greensboro.
  • 2000: Jack and Marsha Slane receive Tocqueville Award for philanthropy.

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