Since its founding in 1880 by Abel A. Shuford and N.H. Gwyn on Gunpowder Creek near Granite Falls, N.C., Shuford Mills has been a premier supplier of quality yarns and fabrics. The company, one of the most diversified spinners in the United States, manufactures a variety of quality open-end and ring-spun yarn products including cotton, polyester/cotton blends, 100 percent polyester and 100 percent acrylic. Products range in size from coarse to fine count as well as singles and plied yarn. With five plants, Shuford Mills' manufacturing base is comprised of three open-end and one ring-spinning sales yarn plant and one weaving facility. All plants are located within a two-county area surrounding its corporate headquarters in Hickory, N.C. Shuford Mills spun yarns can be found in upholstery fabrics, woven and knit apparel, industrial fabrics, draperies, carpets and rugs, trimming, narrow wovens and industrial sewing.