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.
Consistently manufacturing the same quality product is not easily achieved. It is the result of a continuous dedication to supply chain management with robust standard procedures. At Milliken, we achieve this through ISO 9001 certification — strict guidelines and processes on how to create quality products through thorough and streamlined processes for product design, development, manufacturing, and quality control — which we have third-party verified through DQS, Inc. for 25 years. The reason is simple: it’s good for Milliken’s business, customers, and communities.
"Quality is free." - Philip B. Crosby
Whether hiking on a warm fall afternoon, performing a high-intensity studio workout, or heading to a long day on the jobsite, keeping cool is imperative in promoting healthy activity. Body heat loss is a natural process, designed to regulate our body temperature through vaporization, convection, conduction and radiation. Our choice of clothing fabrics during activity plays a key role in facilitating heat transfer away from the skin, whether indoors or outdoors.
“It is indeed a true honor to be asked to lead an organization like Milliken, an organization that inspires me with its preeminence in integrity, innovative spirit and values-driven performance, into our next era.” - Halsey Cook, Milliken president & CEO
The striking Southern Magnolia, with its large dark green leaves and fragrant white flowers, was first planted in the 600-acre Milliken Arboretum during the 1970s. Today, its southern roots remain strong at our campus headquarters, as do the innovations that evolved at Milliken during that time.
The adaptable Water Oak, with its distinctive lobe leaf tips and rough ridges, was originally planted at the Milliken Arboretum during the 1960s. Today, it serves as a reminder of a decade of global development. Its roots were taking shape while Milliken began to expand our own roots around the world. As the Water Oak continues to stand strong, you will now find Milliken challenging industry boundaries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions — striving to make a global impact through the latest innovations, research and sustainability efforts.
Peach trees have a rich history in South Carolina. The official state fruit, peaches have enriched the Palmetto State economy since the early 1700s. They are also of significant meaning to Milliken, a reminder of how our company has grown and evolved.