Milliken’s rich history of technological innovation has resulted in more than 2, 200 patents and the development of the largest textile research center in the world. We have approximately 7, 000 associates located at more than 29 manufacturing locations worldwide working with more than 19, 000 different textile and chemical products. Milliken makes a variety of fabric, yarn and chemical products that keep astronauts safe, make major league baseball players comfortable and adorn homes and businesses around the globe. Everywhere you look, you will find Milliken products in nearly every aspect of life.
In fact, you will touch Milliken products more than 50 times in an average day. Our fabrics keep soldiers and youngsters warm, astronauts safe, and major league baseball players comfortable. Our carpets and table linens are found in many of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants around the world.
Other fabrics are found in cars, sailboats, tennis balls, and printer ribbons.
Milliken’s roots date back to 1865 when Seth Milliken and William Deering founded Deering Milliken Company, a small woolen fabrics company in Portland, Maine. Deering soon left to start his own company. In 1868, Seth Milliken moved the company headquarters to New York City, at that time the heart of the American Textile Industry. In 1884, the company invested in a new facility in Pacolet, South Carolina, and from that basic beginning the manufacturing operations grew. Roger Milliken assumed the presidency of the Company in 1947 upon the death of his father, Gerrish Milliken. He became Chairman and CEO in 1983 at which time Dr. Tom Malone was named President and COO. In 2002, Dr.
Malone retired and Dr. Ashley Allen succeeded him as President and COO. In January of 2006, Dr. Allen was named President and CEO, the first CEO outside of the Milliken family. Following Dr. Allen’s 2008 retirement, Dr. Joe Salley was named as the current President & CEO.
Milliken Chemical operates under a distinctive charter: pursue innovation that helps customers improve the appearance, performance and productivity of their products and processes. Our products provide innovative chemical solutions into various markets including plastics, automotive, housewares, turf, consumer products, graphic arts and packaging. Milliken Chemical has invested in a broad infrastructure to support customers around the world. These investments in facilities, equipment and talented technical and marketing teams enable our customers to benefit from Milliken's innovative solutions. From restaurants to repair shops, stadiums to supermarkets and pharmacies to the frontlines, people everywhere are wearing Milliken’s innovative apparel fabrics. Milliken combines expertise in textiles with our specialty chemistry to create fabrics that not only perform, but are comfortable to wear.