Milliken & Company

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Milliken & Company
Traded asN/A
IndustryInnovation, Research, Chemistry, Floor Covering, Performance Materials and Textiles, Healthcare
Founded1865 (1865)
HeadquartersCorporate Headquarters
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Area served
Key people
Halsey M. Cook Jr. (CEO)
ProductsSpecialty Chemicals
Floor Coverings
Specialty Fabrics
Performance Products
Milliken Performance Solutions
Milliken Healthcare Products
RevenueNot Available to Public
Not Available to Public
Not Available to Public
Total assetsNot Available to Public
Total equityNot Available to Public
Number of employees
7,000 (2011)
WebsiteOfficial website

Milliken & Company is a diversified industrial manufacturer that has been in business since 1865. With corporate headquarters located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the company is active across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical,[1] floor covering,[2], performance and protective textile materials, and healthcare.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Milliken employs many scientists, including a large number with masters and doctoral degrees. Milliken has been granted more than 2,500 U.S. patents and more than 5,500 patents worldwide.[9]


In 1865, Seth Milliken & William Deering founded Deering Milliken Company, a small woolen fabrics distributor in Portland, Maine. 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 investment the manufacturing operations grew. Milliken & Company headquarters moved to Spartanburg, SC in 1958 and included a dedicated research center on campus. Today, the company operates in a number of diverse disciplines, including specialty chemicals, performance and protective textiles, floor coverings, specialty fabrics, healthcare[3], and business consulting services.[9] In 2018, Sage Automotive Interiors was carved out of Milliken & Company and became a separate entity.

Company leadership[edit]

Roger Milliken became president of the company on the death of his father in 1947 and served in that capacity until 1983, when he became chairman and chief executive officer of Milliken & Company, naming Dr. Thomas J. Malone as president and chief operating officer. In 2002, Malone retired, and Dr. Ashley Allen was named president and COO, becoming CEO in 2006 as Milliken stepped aside from daily management. In 2008, Allen retired and was succeeded by Dr. Joe Salley. In October 2016, J. Harold Chandler, who has served on Milliken's board for over a decade,[10] was appointed as chairman, and interim president and chief executive officer. On July 11, 2018 it was announced that Halsey M. Cook Jr. will take the helm as Milliken's next President and CEO, Effective September 1, 2018. Harold Chandler will continue in his roll as Chairman of the Board.[11]

Manufacturing base[edit]

Milliken & Company has more than 7,000 associates and operated over 40 manufacturing facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Mexico and China.[9] Milliken serves a variety of industries including healthcare[3], transportation, building and infrastructure, hospitality, industrial manufacturing, architecture and design, and specialty chemicals.

Industrial musicals[edit]

From 1956 to 1980, Milliken sponsored an annual company musical, the Milliken Breakfast Show, at the Waldorf-Astoria for its buyers to launch the new season. Stars who appeared in these productions included Rene Auberjonois, Dom DeLuise, Bert Lahr, Dorothy Loudon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Juliet Prowse, and Tommy Tune. The cost of these productions could exceed the cost of a public Broadway show. For example, the 1970 production on the lighter side of garment manufacturing life, directed by Peter Howard, cost nearly $1 million for 13 performances, with an audience of approximately 25,000 Milliken buyers. No recordings of these musicals are known to exist.[12][13][14][15]


The company produced ads in the 1970s until the 1990s with Barbara Mandrell featuring the company's chemically treated fabrics under the name Visa "America's freedom fabric" as was the slogan.[16]

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  12. ^ Grimes, William (2014). "Industrial Musicals Were Once Big Shows". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  13. ^ Sloane, Leonard (1970-05-27). "Fall Buying Begun By Milliken Show". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  14. ^ "Milliken Breakfast to Cost $1 Million". Women's Wear Daily. 130 (94). May 14, 1970. p. 30.
  15. ^ Whisenant, Dava, Bathtubs Over Broadway, Martin Short, Florence Henderson, David Letterman, retrieved 2018-04-28
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