American and Efird is one of the world s foremost manufacturers of sewing threads. The company manufactures sewing thread for industrial and consumer markets. In addition, A&E distributes a variety of notions and trim items. Its consumer product division manufactures and markets thread to distributors for use in home sewing, including apparel sewing, crafts, embroidery and quilting. A&E also distributes notions such as hook and loop tape, polypropylene webbing and zippers as a part of its consumer product line. The company s notion products include buttons, elastics, hangers, jet clips, poly bags, pins, tags and labels. The company was founded in 1891 and is located in Lenoir, N.C.