The Other High Point: A Case Study in Industrialization 1900 to 1920

  • Doris H. Kincade (Virginia Tech)
  • Elizabeth H Dull (High Point University)
  • Dina Smith-Glaviana (Virginia Tech)


The theories of industrialization location and supply chain management were used to examine the development of the textile industry in Piedmont North Carolina. A case study approach was used with primary historical resources. The findings show that the three factors of Weber's Industrialization of an area were positioned for High Point. Transportation availability, labor resources, and potential for agglomeration were all present in the early 1900s in High Point. For example, collaborating with investors and networking within the establishment were highlighted as contributing to the growth of the High Point Shirt Manufacturing Co, which was initially located in a loft over the owners’ mercantile establishment and verified by a 1902 Sanborne Map. The framework developed from the confluence of theories was useful in reviewing this historical data and assisted the researchers in organizing the findings. 

Keywords: Industrialization, Agglomeration, Supply chain, Textile industry, High Point NC

How to Cite:

Kincade, D. H., Dull, E. H. & Smith-Glaviana, D., (2024) “The Other High Point: A Case Study in Industrialization 1900 to 1920”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.17230



Published on
22 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed