When you think of the legendary Cone Mills White Oak plant, one of the first names in your head should be Ralph Tharpe. Ralph was one of the longest serving individuals at the plant, working in textile development from 1975 up until near the mill’s closure in 2017. He’s now started the White Oak Legacy Foundation, a non-profit group focused on not only preserving the history of the White Oak facility, but also making new denim on White Oak’s old looms and pioneering new developments in denim production technology. Listen in for the history of White Oak from someone who knows a lot of it.
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