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Burnsville Gets Million Dollar Textile Manufacturing Plant
New Mill Here
Will Employ 500
Estimated Annual Payroll
Million Dollars
The Duplan Corporation,
one of the largest textile'
manufacturing' companies
in the states and Canada,
will build a new plant in
Final transactions were
made here Wednesday at'a
meeting of corporation of
ficials and officials and
citizens of the town.
Representing the Duplan
corporation were E. C.
Geier, president, J. K.
Cochran, chief engineer.
S. C. Veney, manager of
the Southern Division and
W. L. Davis, architect.
The committee which
has handled all negotia
tions for Burnsville during
the past two months is W.
W. Hennessee, B. R. Pen
land, Mark' W. Bennett,
H. W. Johnson, H. S. Edge,
and W. E. Anglin.
The site selected for the
plant is located just out of
the town limits, north of
the highway and across
from .Roberts and Johnson
Lumber Company: Appro
ximately 14 acres are in
cluded in the tract.
Actual grading will be
gin within 10 days and
construction of the build
ing will begin as soon
thereafter as possible. .
The new mill, Mr. Geier
said, will be a weaving and
throwing plant making
fabric of both rayon and
nylon and will employ 450
to 500, with 60 per cent of
these women.
Annual Payroll
Funeral rites for Alvin
Wtstall, age 22, were held
k£t Thursday afternoon
at 2 o’clock at the South
Estatoe Baptist Church.
He died February 14 at
Moore General Hospital.
Officiating m inisttrs
were the Rev. S. W. Shu
ford, the Rev. Dameron
and the Rev. James Mc-
Larty of Marion. Pall bear
ers were cousins and near
est friends,- and cousins
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Duplan Corporation officials, and some of the citizens of Burnsville who
have cooperated to bring the' plant here, taken yesterday at the Nu Wray Inn.
The Yancey Record
,The annual payroll would
be approximately one mil
lion dollars, according to
the statement of officials.
ThV corporation now has
12 manufacturing plants,
in Montmagny, Montreal
and Valleyfield, Canada,
Berwick, Hazelton, King
ston and Nanticoke, Pa.,
Grottoes, Va., Winston-
Salem, Forsyth and Lin
colnton, N. C. and Cleve
land, Tenn.
Million Dollar Building
Officials of the corpora
tion stated that the es
timate of cost of the build
ing is approximately a
million dollars, exclusive
of equipment. It will cover
more than 3 1 /- acres, and
will be of one story con
struction as all operation
will be on one floor.
Negotiations for estab
lishing the new plant here
began two months ago
when Duplan representa
tives came to Burnsville to
look over the possibilities
and confer with local citi
zens. Tentative agreement
was reached at that time
concerning the necessary
requirements for a _ plant
.as large as they proposed
to %fld.
A conference was held
last week when the offi
cials came and inspected
the several sites which
were available. The final
decision was reached Wed
nesday and the transaction
Expressions of approval
and whole hearted coop
eration were unanimous
on the part of the citizens
of the town and county
who were contacted yes
were flower bearers.
West all was a graduate
of Micaville High School
of the class of 1945. He had
served nearly four years in
the army air force.
He is survived by his
parents. Mr. and Mrs. A.
R. Westall of Hamrick
four brothers, Paul of the
U. S. Air Force of Talla
hasse, Fla., Morris of Mar
ion, Andrew of Hamrick
and Lewis of the home,
and one sister, Muriel of
Teachers of County
Will Meet Today
. j A meeting of all teach
ers of the county will be
1 held at Burnsville High
j School Thursday afternoon
i ' February 23 at 2 p. m.
, 1 Guss Peterson of the
1 Burnsville faculty, presid
, ent of the group, will pre
■ side at the business ses
, sion. Members of the group
will vote on the officers of
■ the N. C. E. A., and dele
gates to the Raleigh con
vention will be named.
During t h-e program
■ hour the Rev. Charles B.
■Trammel will speak on
■ “The Spiritual Values of
, Education’’ and Frank W.
‘ Howell will speak o n
• | “Stressing the Fundamen
tals in Education.”
s I Funeral services for Mrs.
( Bertie Honeycutt, 31, who
■ died Thursday morning in
i an Asheville hospital after
i a bvief illness, were held
at 2 p. m. in Bakers
Creek liaotist Church.
i The Rev. W. H. Ballard
otficiated and burial was
i in Robinson Cemetery,
i Surviving are the hus-
TKarirJ. Lee Jfymeycutt of
1 Swiss; Tha- 1
■ nna; one son, Bobby Lee;
! the father, Melvin Robin
ton of Mars Hill Rt. 2; four
[ brothers and four sisters. 1
Wisconson Deer Are Released
1 In New Wildlife Area j
! A new 10,000 acre Wild
life management area has
' been opened on Flat Top
■j Mountain.
' Last Friday 25 deer,
brought from Wisconsin
as part of a 100-deer ship
ment, were released in the
1 new refuge, along with 25
deer from the Mount Mit
1' chell area.
The Flat Top will be pro
> tected from hunters for a
. minimum of 5 years, is ex
pected to develop to be
tween 300 and 400 deer
i during this period, and in
■ ] another five years to ap
: proximately 1,000 deer. If
. conditions have proved
favorable to development
i the management area will I
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Officials of the Duplan Corporation who were here yesterday to complete negotiations for establish
ment of the new plant. Left to right, E. C. Geier, president; J. K. Cochran, chief engineer; M. L. Davis
architect , S. C. Veney, manager, southern division. (Photo by John Robinson)
Just ’ Received
One of the attractive
catalogs of dLhe summer
Painting Classes has just
heeni rece*n\,df 1 The classes
( will begin June 24 and
close September 16.
, Mrs. C. F. Mcßae plans
Ito go to Raleigh this week
end on business. ,
i probably be opened to- sea
sonal hunting.
Frank Barick of the
North Carolina Wildlife
Resources C o nr, mission,
who has been headquart
ered at Hamrick since, join
ing the commission in June
is leader of the project of
big game restoration in
North Carolina.
Whitson Named Manager
Arthur Whitson of Yan
cey County has been nam
ed manager of Flat Top
refuge, to serve full-time
with part-time de
puties. Malcomb Edwards
is supervisor of Wildlife
Management areas in Wes
tern North Carolina.
| The game restoration
'project is one of the Pitt
man-Robertson series, a
nation-wide plan that is 1
carried on in individual
states. Through their Wild
life Resources Commissions
the states contribute 25
per cent, with 76 per cent
staked by the Federal Gov
ernment. The Federal ap
propriations come from ex
cise taxes on arms and
ammunition, and are allof
ted to states in proportion
to population and acreage.
North Carolina -rates in
the upper one-third of the 1
48 states.
Bforick said the Flat Top
area is* the most recent to
be set aside for wildlife
management. Established
on U. S. Forest Service
Lands, it is one of several
set aside throughout the
State. Others are under
The County Basket Ball
Tournament opened in the
Burnsville Gym last night
mont girls playing Burns
ville girls and the Micaville
boys meeting the Bee Log
The schedule for the rest
of the meet is:
Thursday night: Girls
game: Micaville vs. Bald
Boys Game: Clearmont
vs. Bald Creek.
Friday night: Girls game
Bee Log vs. winners of
first game.
Boys game: Burnsville
vs. winners of first game.
Saturday night: Finals:
John English is official
score keeper and J. B.
King is official time keeper
Tri County Tournament
Feb. 28 through March 4
in Burnsville Gym.
Stockholders of Federation
Hold Annual Meeting
The annual stockholders
meeting of the Farmers
Federation was held in
the Burnsville warehouse
on Saturday, February 18.
James G. K. McClure, pre
[sident of the Federation,
Wilson Edwards, chair
man of the county com
mittee, made a few open
ing remarks after which E
L. Dillingham, county ag
ent, spoke briefly on pas
ture improvement, the
theme of the meeting.
Sam Dobson, pasture
specialist from State Col
lege, then showed slides
and spoke
sibilities for farm develop
ment through pasture im
provement. He stressed
five steps for this process:
Test soil, apply fertilizer,
prepare seed bed, innocu
late seed, spread seed uni
McClure made a report
of the past year’s business
record, and stated that in
creased production and ad
New Home Service Department
of Roberts & Johnson Opens
The formal opening of
the new Home Service De-,
partment of the Roberts
and Johnson Company will
be held today, Friday and
A cordial invitation is
extended to every one to
visit the department * at
any time during these days
The new department oc
cupies the entire second
floor of the recently com
pleted brick building.-
One part of the floor
contains a n attractively
furnished dining room and
lounge, and a completely
equipped kitchen. The oth
er part contains display
space for many of the
home appliances which the
company features.
The facilities of the kit
chen, dining and club rooms
equate markets for pro
ducts are the answer to
the farmers’ increasing
The following county
committee members were
reelected: H. W. Higgins,
Grover Robinson, Sam Hil
emon, A. P, Honeycutt,
John Hannum, Charles F.
Byrd, Lester Bailey, E. N.
Stamey, Dr. W. L. Ben
nett, Thad Ray, Grover
Anglin and T. K. Ridlle.
The following new com-,
mittee members were elec
ted: J. R. Banks, G. Dewey
Ray, Joe Lewis, W. R. Rob
Tom Ray was reelected
director to serve with Wil
son Edwards who was re
elected last year for a two
year term.
Among the farm leaders
who attended in addition
to those named were Max
Roberts of the Federation,
D. D. Baggett and T. S.
Godwin, assistant farm ag
ents and Branfcly Briggs of
the county PiM.A. office.
are available for any busi
-3 gess or social .gathering of
any fr civie, religious of edu
cational groups in the sec
tion without charge. Mrs.
Elizabeth R. Gibbs, home
economist, is in charge
and will assist in any way
to make each meeting a
The furnishings of the
rooms are of latest design,
the accessories are all
chosen to blend in and give
a cheerful, home like at
mosphere. Wall size pho
tographs of Yancey Coun
ty scenes, made by Fisher
of Asheville, attractively
decorate the wall spaces
and decorative plates of
the 18 states lend a pleas
ing touch.
Floor coverings, furnish
ings, fixtures, drapes
every detail has been plan
ned to create beautiful,
restful surroundings, and
this should prove most
popular as a meeting place
for various group's.
Named Director
Z. B. Byrd who is presi
dent of the Yancey County
Farm Bureau was elected
one of the two directors
for districts 7 and 8 which
include the Western North
Carolina counties, at the
recent state meeting of
the Bureau.
Russell and Josephine
Flack who have been visit
ihg their parents have re*
turned to Philadelphia, Pa.
accompanied by Helen
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“So They Say”
Sorry, folks, but- there
won’t be a column this
week. It isn’t every week
that we get a million dol
lar plant! We., aren’t
sure that there’s any con
nection with this fact eith
er—but it’s snowing hard I
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