"I get a lot of customers from out of town who eat here when they shop at the store. Anyone between the age of 35 and 45 is acutely feeling the effects of the great American sellout. I realize I could probably get a job in Northern Virginia, but lets face it, it takes money to move a family there, and I mean alot of money. They controlled what was happening in DVA and didn't want competition to step in and run the cost of employment up. My grandparent's home at the corner of Main & Broad St is now some sort of oriental restaurant which I doubt will survive. I use to go up for the Harvest Jubillee festival, Listen to music a fish off Ferry road. What a damm Shame. I grew up in Danville in the 80's and 90's and it seemed like everyone knew someone who worked at the plant. Had many good times and memories. Thanks to the internet, and sites like these, the inevitable fall has been delayed. "We've been here almost 100 years, and I sure hope we can keep going.". I'm a grandmother now, my parents and their parents, all the way back to the early twentieth century, all supported their families with paychecks from Dan River Mills. Success and growth continued in the early 1900s as the company turned out sheetings, ginghams, and chambrays, but expansion ceased in the mid … I liked it up there. I was a Department Manager in Greenville but they started me out on the second shift at Riverside, 5B & C Cardroom.We suppplied roving to the Riverside Spinning and weaving plant across the river.We transported our product by tractors across the largest covered bridge in the southeast,maybe the country.The people that worked at these plants were some of the hardest working people I have ever known.After I proved I could fit in as an outsider from S.C, I was promoted to Schoolfied as the manager of 3 Card. My prayers go out to the families of Southern Virginia. She said that although she did not know where the mill papers were, she wished me to express to you that her parents thought very highly of your folks, and that they used to socialize together. I moved away in 95 and back to the Martinsville area in 2004. escape(document.title),'bloggerForm', I'll never forget walking through the streets of Danville as a child, holding my grandfather's hand, and having what I viewed as old men wave and yell to my grandfather, "Hey Mr. DANVILLE -- One of the last remaining signs that Dan River Mills is still doing business in Danville went by the wayside yesterday when the Dan River Outlet closed. How would a worker, who departed Dan River prior to there 65th birthday, apply for the pension now that Dan River is gone? 'scrollbars=no,width=475,height=300,top=175,left=75,status=yes,resizable=yes'); In the last couple of years Danville has received a SAMS CLUB, TARGET, DICKS SPORTING GOODS and a new Movie Theater. To say Dan River is an important and major part of my family history is an understatement. I was just googling around today wondering what had happened to Dan River Mills, and I'm just heartbroken. I also grew up in "The Big D". Now there's no reason for anyone from out of town to come here," he said. I remember asking my Dad why all the windows in the buildings downtown were blue. Now it is open only for breakfast and lunch, and relies on loyal locals and the outlet's shoppers as its customer base. In response to Jack Riley's comment, I hope you have some hopeful information for me. Dan Rivers closing has destroyed so many families...in the past 24 years, I have lost 4 jobs, because the factories were closed and the work sent overseas. I am wondering what happened to the retirement money that workers were vested in and shuld have received monthly pensions from after they reached 65? I used to visit a girlfriend up in Danville, so I am familiar with that area. Just over a decade later, in 1909, Riverside and Dan River merged to form the Riverside and Dan River Cotton Mills, Inc. "I hate to see [the outlet] leave.". "I remember going there and buying a bowl of grits and a cup of coffee for 36 cents," she said. Dan River was best known for its bed-in-a-bag comforter, bed skirt, and sheet sets. All I can do today is search and pay whatever it takes for American made products. Maybe U.S. labor and environmental standards will be applied, but how will we know?
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