Photo of The Month – Mar 2010
Picture contributor: Society Archives
Mill supervisors gathered for this photo on Sept. 17, 1975, alongside the first truckload of denim to leave the mill. Cone Mills’ Cliffside plant soon became a major manufacturer of denim for the clothing industry. Buzz Biggerstaff notes, “Levi-Strauss was our biggest customer but Blue Bell Wrangler was also a customer, just not near as big. The company supplied about three-fourths of a million yards of denim each week to Levi and the other customers.” The boom would never burst, the Company thought, so they expanded in a big way, building a new mill nearby.
From left to right: Joe Miller, truck driver, Randy Myers, Ken Cannon, Bob Harris, John Stuckey, Brent Golightly, Bill Masters,
and Pete McGraw, Perry Gibert, James Hamrick, Buzz Biggerstaff, Joe Swing, Earl Johnson and Odell Revels.