Three decades ago, textile manufacturing was a major industry in Northeast Georgia. Dozens of plants dotted the local area.
Textile jobs were a major part of the South’s transition from an agrarian economy to one of industrialization and manufacturing in the post-Reconstruction era.
Today, few of those textile factories remain. The combination of automation and offshoring has taken most of those low-skilled, commodity textile jobs to other countries. What remains in the U.S. are high tech, heavily automated textile jobs that require a higher level of skills than the textile jobs of a generation ago.
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