Alice Manufacturing, Inc. was founded in 1923 when father and son, A. Foster McKissick and E.S. McKissick, bought the Alice Mill, a plant built in 1910 by E.H. Shanklin and named for his only daughter, Alice. Located in Easley, South Carolina, the plant’s size was doubled in 1926, and an additional plant, Arial (named for the hill it crests and the family that once lived there) was built in 1928.
The “Crafted with Pride in the USA” movement was an important part of the Alice Manufacturing brand, and many of the early looms were actually made in the Carolinas. Indeed, much of our spinning and yarn machinery was actually made by a company in our hometown of Easley. The community around Alice Manufacturing grew as new homes, churches, schools and retail establishments developed in the area near the two plants.
Alice Manufacturing saw several of its associates leave the company to serve during World War II and the Korean War. After their wartime military service, many returned home and to our company. Alice Manufacturing honors these men still today with a special “Wall of Honor” in the corporate office.