Lining the avenue adjacent to our Floor Covering Design Center and purposefully nestled amongst other groves of trees are the Shawnee Brave Bald Cypress trees. These stately specimens stand proudly along their taller neighbors, underpinning the Milliken Arboretum in an unassuming yet ever-present manner.
For more than 50 years, the R&D 100 Awards have served as one of the most prestigious honors for innovations that are moving the needle within their respective industries. Milliken is humbled to have received a number of R&D 100 Awards over the past several years for revolutionary protective textiles to improved wound-care dressings. This year, we are honored once more to receive a Special Recognition R&D 100 Merit Award for innovation in green technology for Breathe by Milliken™ – the first plant-based, fluorine-free natural and polyester fiber performance fabrics for the home.
Coinciding with the change in season, the holidays mark a time of both thankfulness and reflection. We find that our most impactful innovations are ones that meaningfully connect to the world around us, and the same holds true in our relationships.
Safety processes ground everything we do at Milliken —from the associates we hire to the day-to-day management of our more than 35 manufacturing facilities. We are honored to have people on the Milliken team with a dedicated passion for safety, and ultimately, paving the way for innovative thinking.
On November 11, we honor all those who have served, and continue to serve and protect citizens around the world.
The ever-changing Princeton Sentry Ginkgo tree, with its woody attributes and ornamental appearance, has proudly stood in the Milliken Arboretum since the 1990s, a decade where sustainability came into greater focus for the world, and for Milliken. “Green” reminds us of many things, from sustainable building practices to the lush coloring of more than 3,000 green noble trees. No matter its context, green signifies meaningful environmental contributions and intentional growth here at Milliken, which we continue today through both our products and processes. Our goal in doing so is simple: to protect and build a better world for future generations. Discover how the 1990s served as a springboard for expanding Milliken’s almost century-long commitment to sustainability.
“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.” - Hans Hofmann
Leadership in an organization is important at all levels. A single person can make a profound impact simply through leading by example. Sammy Davis is a true reflection of this idea. Safety and training facilitator at Milliken’s Allen Plant, where Milliken Chemical products are manufactured, Sammy’s commitment to safety continues to elevate best safety practices at Milliken for the benefit of our customers, our associates, and our company.
This year, Milliken celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Roger Milliken Center, home to our global headquarters and corporate innovation center. Acknowledged upon its opening in 1958 as “one of the most elaborate scientific research centers in the world,” this former peach orchard became a place to centralize the development of new Milliken textile, chemical and flooring innovations. Over 80 percent of Milliken’s accumulated U.S. patents have been developed at the Spartanburg campus, many of which were fundamental in transforming Milliken into a leading global innovation company.
At Milliken, we challenge ourselves every day to think differently about innovation. Our actions are focused not only on the benefits our products bring, but also, the way in which they are made. We’re excited to celebrate National Manufacturing Day in the United States on October 5th, and in doing so, we’re reflecting on what manufacturing innovation means to us.