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Exploring, Discovering,Creating since 1865

Today, nearly 7,000 associates make-up our community of innovators.

Milliken's History

​Milliken has been exploring, discovering and creating since 1865, when Seth Milliken and William Deering founded Deering Milliken Company, a small woolen fabrics company in Portland, Maine.  In 1884, the company invested in a new facility in Pacolet, South Carolina.  From that basic beginning, its Southern manufacturing operations grew, adding to its Southern operations over the next 70 years and beyond.
In 1945, Deering Milliken and the mills it represented organized the Deering Milliken Research Trust, which later became the Deering Milliken Research Corporation.  By 1958, the research organization had more than 130 patents and moved to a new specially-designed home just north of Spartanburg, SC – what we now know as the Roger Milliken Center (RMC).
The 1960s and 1970s ushered in innovations that would become the basis for new divisions at Milliken.  The invention of the first polymer bound chemical became the genesis for the Chemical Division and its versatile polymer bound chemistry technology platform.  Milliken entered the carpet market, acquiring Callaway Mills, then soon wed ink-jet technology and computer-control enabled tufted carpet printing to create specialized carpet and rug designs.
Today, the nearly 7,000 associates in our community of innovators create innovations that do good for the world and create new experiences for our customers.  Our innovations are born of Unique Insights that let us discover design problems to solve, enabled by Deep Scientific knowledge, and delivered in Meaningful Designs that change the very way customers think and feel about products.  You experience our innovations around fifty times each day in items such as clearer or more colorful plastics, uniquely-designed carpet, performance and protective apparel, or new infrastructure materials.  Milliken has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company.