Kentwool celebrates 175 years in business - FOX Carolina 21

Kentwool celebrates 175 years in business

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Photo of the celebratory cake (FOX Carolina/ May 24, 2018) Photo of the celebratory cake (FOX Carolina/ May 24, 2018)
PICKENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

One of the nation's longest-running, family-owned textile companies in Pickens County is celebrating 175 years in business. A Kentwool spokesperson said the “fifth-generation family-owned American textile innovator” was founded in 1843 and is still going strong.

Kentwool has 81 employees between its Pickens manufacturing facility and Greenville offices.

Kentwool's C.E.O., noted Greenville philanthropist Mark Kent, passed away in 2017 and his wife Kimberly V. Kent, formerly corporate counsel for Kentwool, is now leading the company.

"At every turn I see the fruits of Mark's leadership, his vision, and the affection he had for

Kentwool and everyone in it. He was a service-focused leader, one with a clear vision and a deep

commitment to this company, our employees and our success," Kimberly Kent said in a news release.

Kentwool was founded in Philadelphia and moved to Pickens in 1954.

The company says Mark Kent and his team created the "World's Best Sock" in the years before his death, which claims to alleviate the discomfort Mark and his fellow golf-lovers experienced after being on their feet for 18 holes.

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