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Textile and chemical manufacturer.

920 Milliken Rd.
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Employees: 8,900
CEO: Joe Salley
Privately held

Website: http://www.milliken.com

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Milliken is one of the largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers in the world. The company is a recognized leader in research technology, innovation and customer service.

Milliken makes carpets, interiors for automobiles, fabric for clothing and table linens.

Milliken's rich history of technological innovation has resulted in more than 2,000 patents and the development of the largest textile research center in the world. The company has just under 9,000 associates located at more than 45 facilities worldwide working with more than 19,000 different textile and chemical products.

Milliken makes a variety of fabric, yarn and chemical products that keep astronauts safe, make major league baseball players comfortable and adorn homes and businesses around the globe. Company products also give tennis balls their soft texture and Jell-O pudding its creamy smoothness.


Milliken's roots date back to 1865 when Seth Milliken and William Deering founded Deering Milliken Company, a small woolen fabrics company in Portland, Maine. Deering soon left to start his own company. In 1868, Seth Milliken moved the company headquarters to New York City, at that time the heart of the American Textile Industry. In 1884, the company invested in a new facility in Pacolet, South Carolina, and from that basic beginning the manufacturing operations grew.

Roger Milliken assumed the presidency of the Company in 1947 upon the death of his father, Gerrish Milliken. He became Chairman and CEO in 1983 at which time Dr. Thomas J. Malone was named President and COO. In 2002, Dr. Malone retired and Dr. Ashley Allen succeeded him as President and COO. In January of 2006, Dr. Allen was named President & CEO and Dr. Joe Salley succeeded him as COO. Mr. Milliken continues as Chairman.


- Group Medical Plan
- Prescription Drug Discount Program
- Dental Plan
- Before-tax Contributions
- Life Insurance
- Dependent Life Insurance
- Travel Accident Insurance
- Disability Pay and LTD
- Milliken Retirement Plan, including 401(k)
- Vacation
- Holidays
- Paid Personal Absence
- Relocation Reimbursement
- Matching Gifts
- Service Awards
- Christmas Savings Program
- Electronic Deposit of Pay

Updated May 30, 2010