Shuford Yarns ‘proud’ to be part of America’s call to action

Posted April 23, 2020


By Devin Steele (


Hickory, N.C.-based Shuford Yarns LLC is a 140-year old company that provides a broad product line of spun yarns for the industrial, home furnishing and apparel sectors, some of which already are provided to medical as well as military end uses.


Its yarns are used in face masks, surgical gowns, hospital towels, diabetic socks, hospital socks, medical sleeves, military towels and blankets, as well as yarn used in the food industry.


“We have a number of customers who asked us to continue to run, as they are a part of Homeland Security’s Essential Business unit,” said Marvin Smith, Shuford’s president & CEO. “Most of these products are made year ’round, so it did not require us to change our production matrix.”


The company has remained fully staffed and is keeping all of its associates on the payroll, he reported. Currently, Shuford has adjusted its running schedules to reflect the reduction in non-essential business and is focusing on essential yarns needed. Its customers are primarily knitters with a few weavers that are serving the essential needs of the industry.


“We are very proud to be able to be a part of a specific ‘call to action’ to make sure we supply much-needed inputs for the finished medical, military and food products,” Smith said. “I have been proud of our associates not only helping us meet our customers’ needs but also helping our local community by taking fabrics from some of our customers and making masks for them. Not only did we get fabric from our customers, but we got a customer to donate elastic straps so we can attach to the cloth masks.


“It is just a small way we can help on a personal level to provide PPE to our local community,” he added.

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