In 1835-1836 there opened a new era in the industrial history of the locality. Date/Time Thumbnail Dimensions User Comment; current: 13:29, 8 May 2013: 640 × 480 (54 KB) Si404 (talk | contribs) Mill Street, Gilford: File usage. In 1837 Stewart died and Robert Thompson entered into a partnership with Dunbar to form Dunbar Dickson & Co. Thompson died in 1839, and having bought out his share, Dunbar now formed a partnership with John Walsh McMaster from Armagh. Guilford had pioneered the automobile headliner market in 1986 and was eager to expand into car upholstery and other auto interior fabrics. The area around Guilford was settled before it was called by the name of its mill. Haven't tried them all yet but we're working on it. 'Dunbar, McMaster and Co.' and 'Dunbar, Dickson & Co.' were extremely valuable and that the goods stamped with the said trade marks commanded a much readier sale and higher price in all markets than other goods of the same description. In 1843, Dunbar McMaster a mill owner, gave land for three churches to be built, one in each corner of a field; a Presbyterian, a Church of Ireland & a Catholic, on condition that there never be a graveyard in Gilford. As consumers, we often take for granted all the hard work that goes into building a great company. Because the fabric was double the standard width, Guilford needed new machinery to dye it. Guilford marked 1990 with innovation, becoming the first U.S. mill to introduce microdenier specialty fabrics, which have a high-filament count that gives a silk-like feel to stretchy fabrics. Besides he owned land in Donacloney and Dromore and it was here in his Gill Hall Estate that the family seal was placed. Gilling twines were exported to the Adriatic and Mediterranean countries, twine for salmon-fishing to British Columbia, carpet threads, book binders' thread, extra strong threads for leather and thick cloths, and fine threads for the sewing machinist and lace-maker were exported to United States, South and Central America, Brazil, Australia and the rest of the British Colonies.". Company History: Guilford Mills Inc. is the leading producer in the United States of warp, or flat, knit fabric. Gilford Mill update 25th June 2009 - geograph.org.uk - 1372567.jpg 640 × 480; 94 KB Gilford Mill, Gilford - geograph.org.uk - 264791.jpg 640 × 426; 138 KB The disused Gilford Mill, Gilford - geograph.org.uk - 1806446.jpg 832 × 445; 104 KB Then of course there's a wonderful couple that run the shop inside. Guilford was not alone in its struggles--the Wall Street Journal of April 2, 1992, reported that profits for the Fortune 500 companies were "an unparalleled disaster" in 1991. The town of Gilford dates from about the middle of the 17th century when the Magill family, after whom it was called, acquired the land. I got to see it last summer when i visited Northern Ireland. "The Northern Whig" Tuesday 14th, 1849, reports that "Dunbar, McMaster and Co." exhibited the following: "Dunbar, Dickson & Co." had the following on exhibition: Today the firm still remains in business. Growth slowed in 1989, the same year that a Miami Beach financier began building a stake in Guilford. ... Guilford marked 1990 with innovation, becoming the first U.S. mill to introduce microdenier specialty fabrics, which have a high-filament count that gives a silk-like feel to stretchy fabrics. The proprietors, it seems, have just finished a large building for the manufacture of thread and this was appr… In 1886, the firm became a limited company and Mr. Hugh Dunbar McMaster conveyed the whole of his property, lands, mills, etc. Guildford (disambiguation) Gildford, Montana; This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Gilford. Imports and exports were facilitated by the vast enterprise, for those times, of cutting the Newry Canal which was opened in 1737 and finally completed to Lough Neagh in 1741 at an estimated cost of £896,000. Guilford continued its program of restructuring and redirecting itself in 1992. Though the records for the Banbridge Union Workhouse aren't complete it is known that a substantial number of people from the neighbouring townlands in the Lurgan Union died in the Lurgan Workhouse during the famine period. It was managed by Mr. John McMaster and was called Dunbarton Mills. These acquisitions doubled sales between 1984 and 1988 and gave Guilford a 60 percent share in warp knitting, its primary business. In 1987 the company had sales of $539.1 million, and in 1988, Guilford was Number 461 on the Fortune 500 list. The company showed strong growth for Infiknits, its naturally finished, 100 percent cotton and cotton/Lycra spandex fabric line. • Get information about the existing buildings. The production of fine denier specialty yarns allowed Guilford to create unique, exclusive fabrics. By his will, he left all his land, etc., to the eldest son, with Dunbarton, House (after life interest to his widow), and various other legacies. Copyright (c) 2019 Company-Histories.com. This page was last edited on 4 April 2019, at 09:27. That year, the company lost $22.6 million when it closed the Augusta, Georgia, circular-knit dyeing and finishing plant. Completion of the Spinning Mills at Gilford took place in November 1841, and an extract from the Northern Whig of November 22, 1924, recalls the occasion, "19th November, 1841 was a great day in Gilford when one of the most splendid soirees ever held in this part of the country took place at the Works of Messrs. Dunbar, McMaster & Co. in the reading room and library belonging to the establishment. We see them around but we don't know what goes on behind the scenes. That's where you'll find all the goodies as well. The first full-time rector was James Magill, who lived at Athol. The company expected to continue technological upgrading of equipment and planned strategic expansion in its fibers and automotive units. The company knits, dyes, and finishes nylon, acetate, and polyester yarn and sells finished fabrics to the apparel, automotive, and home furnishings industries. Mr. and the Misses Dunbar likewise honoured the soiree with their presence and appeared highly delighted especially Mr. Dunbar who, at all times, takes great interest in the welfare of his workers and spares no expense in making them comfortable. Guilford quickly introduced innovative dyeing and finishing techniques that included laminating, napping, embossing, and coating. The company's first permanent knitting plant was built four years later in Greensboro, and in 1961, Guilford started its first dyeing and finishing plant, which Hornaday hoped would enable Guilford to charge more for its material. © 1968 - 2019 Craigavon Historical Society. A great many ladies and gentlemen from the surrounding neighbourhood and also from Belfast were present and seemed highly gratified with the proceedings of the evening. He used every exertion in his power to promote the comfort of the large assembly. This was a fulling mill as Guildford was an important location in the wool trade. In the same year, James Dickson, elder son of Andrew Dickson of Glenconway, Co. Antrim, together with John McMaster became partners with Hugh Dunbar in his several trades of flax spinning and thread and linen manufacturing. It is not surprising that during the famine period, large numbers suffering from fever were accommodated in this well strategically erected hospital at the extreme north-east of the town. St. James Press, 1994. Gilford Mill disused for a long time now. Sales for 1990 were $544.1 million. Gilford (surname) Gilford Motors, British bus assembler of the 1920s and 1930s; See also. learn how over 7,000 companies got started! Altogether 180 houses were built in close proximity to the mill such were the numbers that came from the Keady district of Co. Armagh that Hill Street was known locally as "Keady Row." Bonfires raged in Gilford at the verdict, giving testimony that the workers supported the claims of McMaster. But the company was having trouble making the transition from warp knits to the realm of circular knits, which required a fashion and consumer-oriented approach and in which raw materials were costlier and quality control crucial. The company planned to invest $100 million in new machinery and equipment and set a goal to become a global contender in the automotive market, building on its sales to Toyota, Nissan, and Honda in addition to General Motors and Ford Motor Co. 1992 also saw Guilford's continued development of its wide-width circular knits business. The Old Mill of Guilford was founded in North Carolina on Beaver Creek in 1767 to grind grain for the early settlers of what is now Guilford County. So well appreciated is the river that linen is sent long distances, even, from Belgium to be bleached on the banks of the Bann. ." 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