TEXTILES: The Japanese Mill

The old Massapoag mill on the outskirts of the little North Carolina court house town of Lincolnton (pop. 5,423) looks like many another small Southern textile mill from its brick exterior. But aside from tobacco-juice stains splashed liberally about on its floor inside, the plant of the Long Shoals Cotton Mills, Inc. (projected 1960 sales: $2,500,000) is different from any other in the nation. Its solid rows of pastel blue machines bear the stamp "0-M Spinning Machine, Osaka, Japan." Massapoag is the first mill in the U.S. to be completely fitted with Japanese-made spinning equipment. Standing beside his Japanese...

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