Milliken & Company

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Milliken & Company
Traded as N/A
Industry Innovation, Research, Chemistry, Floor Covering, Performance Materials and Textiles
Founded 1865 (1865)
Headquarters Corporate Headquarters
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Area served
Key people
J. Harold Chandler (CEO)
Products Specialty Chemicals
Floor Coverings
Specialty Fabrics
Performance Products
Milliken Performance Solutions
Revenue Not Available to Public
Not Available to Public
Not Available to Public
Total assets Not Available to Public
Total equity Not Available to Public
Number of employees
7,000 (2011)
Website Official 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] and performance and protective textile materials.[3][4][5][6][7]

Milliken employs many scientists, including a large number with masters and doctoral degrees, who help deliver innovative solutions such as colorants for everyday household items and the highest definition textile printer in the world. Through its research and innovation efforts, Milliken has been granted more than 2,500 U.S. patents and more than 5,500 patents worldwide.[8]


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, and business consulting services.[8]

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,[9] was appointed as chairman, president and chief executive officer.

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.[8] Milliken serves a variety of industries including 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.[10][11][12][13]


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

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