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Frontier Mills Sets Lofty Goal

By Mike Beeker
Sanford, N.C.
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It is a real honor that Frontier Spinning Mills of Sanford, N.C., is being given the opportunity to deliver the final message to readers of Cotton Farming magazine in the “What Mills Want” column. During the past six years, this company has been featured more than once, and it’s nice that a U.S. mill will have the last word.

The forum has given mills from around the world a chance to talk about what they need when purchasing cotton. More importantly, all of these mills have given U.S. producers an inside look at why fiber quality is so important in today’s highly competitive global market.

More than 10 years ago, U.S. mills consumed more than 10 million bales of cotton each year and were U.S. producers’ top customer. That annual consumption figure now stands between 3 million and 4 million bales because of changing economic conditions that have transformed U.S. cotton into an export-driven industry.

But that doesn’t mean U.S. textile mills still aren’t pushing the envelope in terms of surviving, adapting and delivering a quality product to customers. That is essentially the message of Frontier Spinning Mills, a company that has successfully adapted to its environment and strives to remain one of the largest producers of 100 percent cotton and cotton-blend yarns in the world. The company’s yarn production supports a wide range of products that include: Denim, fleece, industrial textiles, medical textiles, sheets, socks, towels, t-shirts, underwear and woven apparel.

Fiber quality has always been the primary component in the company’s mission statement. A good example of this commitment is Frontier’s use of Murata Vortex Spinning (MVS). This technology is an excellent fit with cotton properties consistently found in Certified FiberMax Cotton.

Important Quality Standards

What are those specific strategies that help maintain this fiber quality standard? It all starts with proper micronaire in the cotton that Frontier purchases. And, while micronaire is at the top of the list, other factors such as uniformity and color rank very high among those characteristics measured by HVI.

Frontier’s diverse customer base necessitates that it has access to many different kinds of cotton, and the main source is the Southeast region of the Belt. Our annual consumption is large and encompasses the equivalent of 680,000 acres of cotton.

No matter what kind of volatility occurs in the global arena, Frontier intends to remain a player in this industry. For that reason, the company’s mission will continue to adhere to the highest possible standards as it works with cotton producers across this country.

Frontier Spinning Mills’ Objectives
Quick Look At Frontier Spinning Mills:
• Corporate office in Sanford, N.C.
• Global leader in quality yarn.
• Diverse product portfolio.
• Use of state-of-the-art technology.
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