• Cecile Corral

1888 Mills Touts USA-Made Towels

NEW YORK - As the last domestic manufacturer of towels left in the United States, 1888 Mills said it has the advantage over many of its competitors amid the current cotton price crisis.
     "Our ‘Made in the USA' message has height and awareness with retailers," Fulton Allen, president, told HTT.
     With that in mind, the company came to market emphasizing its USA-made products, which currently make up about 10% of the company's total category offering.
     The strategy is working, Allen noted.
     "We're getting a lot of interest from retailers for our Made in USA goods because we're the only ones left, really," he said.
     Also a point of distinction for market, he continued, is 1888's licensed collections with Clorox for anti-bacterial and anti-microbial kitchen textiles and its newest line with Coca-Cola for recycled fiber made goods.
     "Our brands are also our focus," he said.

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home & Textiles Today
ccorral@homeandtextilestoday.com

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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