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Relighting a Local Beacon
Written by Jennifer Fitzgerald
Beacon Linens is on the cusp of something big—and looks to bring new jobs to Swannanoa in the future. (As a bonus, read an abbreviated history of Beacon Blankets following the main text.)
The roots of manufacturing run deep through Western North Carolina—perhaps nowhere as deep as the Swannanoa Valley, where Beacon Manufacturing Company, founded by textile industry visionary Charles D. Owen II, was the lifeblood of the community. The decline of the textile industry brought the end of the Beacon plant in Swannanoa, but now, rising from those ashes, is Beacon Linens, a company that is delivering new and exciting products.
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