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Headquarters in New York City, NY.

The American Thread Company was founded on March 10, 1898 by Peter Lowe, Charles N. King, and Ernest F. Charles following a merger between thirteen thread and yarn firms: the Merrick Thread Company, Willimantic Linen Company, William Clark Company, Barstow Thread Company, Hadley Company, Kerr Thread Company, Glasglo Yarn Mills Company, Glasgo Thread Company, National Thread Company, New England Thread Company, E. J. W. Morse Company, Ruddy Thread Company, and Warren Thread Company. Its industry was threads and yarns and its headquarters were in New York City, New York (1898-1969), Stamford, Connecticut (1969-1985) and Charlotte, North Carolina (1985-1991).

No. 1 Mill, Willimantic, CT.

The firm was established jointly-owned by the English Sewing-Cotton Company and J. & P. Coats, Ltd., both British concerns, although they were broken off in June 1914 following a anti-trust action by the U.S. Government. In 1982, the company was acquired by the Tootal Group, PLC. In August 1991, American Thread combined operations with Coats & Clark, Inc., forming Coats American, Inc.

No. 2 Mill, Willimantic, CT.


  • Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Bristol, Tennessee
  • Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Clover, South Carolina (closed 1985)
  • Dalton, Georgia (est. 1924)
  • Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Marble, North Carolina
  • Marion (Sevier), North Carolina (est. 1952)
  • Milo, Maine
  • Newnan, Georgia
  • Old Fort, North Carolina
  • Rosman, North Carolina (est. 1965)
  • Tallapoosa, Georgia
  • Troutman, North Carolina
  • Willimantic, Connecticut

No. 3 Mill, Willimantic, CT.


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No. 4 Mill, Willimantic, CT.