A division of CMI Industries, Chatham Manufacturing began operations in 1876 as a blanket manufacturer. In
1999, the company was an integrated manufacturer whose products included automotive fabrics, blankets,
mattress pads, jacquard-woven cotton throws, and furniture upholstery. Chatham employed more than 1,600
as the largest employer in the Elkin area.
CMI bought Chatham in 1992. Chatham became a global supplier of automotive textile products through joint
venture and cooperative alliances with several world-class automotive textile suppliers. Chatham has
partnered with Tatsuma Textile Company of Japan since 1987, which focused on increasing business with
Japanese automobile manufacturers. In 1999, Chatham supplied a variety of fabrics for vehicles produced by
Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda, and Isuzu.
The company also participated in a joint venture with AB Borgstena Textile, Borgstena, Sweden, a leading
European automotive supplier. In 1995, Chatham formed a cooperative alliance with Treveo, a leading French
Source: John W. McCurrey, Melissa Stampley, Walter N. Rozelle, Textile World, December 1999, p65.
Postcards of the Chatham Blanket
and Chatham Manufacturing
Company, Elkin, NC (Home of Chatham
Blankets) shown below
Courtesy: Bill Wornall Textile Postcard
"The largest Woolen Blanket Mill in the
South that manufactures blankets
exclusively, Elkin, N.C."
Pub. by Somers 5 &10c Store.
Mailed from Elkin NC on Aug 15, 1912
Chatham Blanket ads
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Right: From The Dispatch 1907