Wellstone Investors LLC, Greenville, recently acquired all real estate and operating assets of TNS
Mills Inc., also based in Greenville. The acquisition included 17 TNS plants. Wellstone has sold
off 11 plants that had been shut down and continues under its own name to operate six plants
located in Gaffney, S.C., Lavonia, Ga., and Eufaula, Ala., with the expectation of restoring them
to a full operating schedule as quickly as possible, according to Joshua Hamilton, COO. These six
plants manufacture 100-percent cotton and blended yarns for apparel, home furnishings and
industrial uses, and employ approximately 1,000 people.
“Although it is well known that the textile industry has suffered difficult economic
reversals during the last decade, the new owners and management of these six manufacturing
operations are optimistic that each of them will return to profitability,” Hamilton said. “It is
anticipated that substantially all of the employees of these six plants will be offered the
opportunity to retain similar jobs.
“TNS customers may be assured that all plants will continue operations without interruption,
and pending orders will be delivered on schedule and new orders will be welcome,” he said.
“Wellstone expects to continue to purchase goods and services from its suppliers and make prompt
payment on all Wellstone orders. In spite of the war and an uncertain economy, Wellstone is
confident about its future.”