Thomaston Mills’ focus on quality keeps it ahead of overseas competition. By Alan Dorich
Wyncote, Pa.-based Thomaston Mills manufactures bed and bath linens for the institutional market. R.E. Hightower started the company in 1899, which President Robert Zaslow’s family acquired in 2001.
At that time, Thomaston Mills was going through bankruptcy, and Zaslow’s family helped turn the company around. During this process, the company focused on what was considered its “jewel”: the institutional sector.
“That refers to the hospitality and healthcare markets,” Zaslow says. Today, its products are sold through distributors around the world to venues such as hotels, hospitals, commercial laundries, casinos, cruise lines and assisted living facilities.
Thomaston Mills processes more than 40 million yards of custom-made fabric annually at its 250,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Thomaston, Ga. “We are the largest remaining U.S.-based textile manufacturer left,” Zaslow says.