CHARLOTTE- Rock Hill's oldest cotton mill is welcoming retail and office tenants. And Charlotte-based SouthWood Corporation is making sure tenants, customers and the community can quickly identify what is now known as the Old Cotton Factory.
SouthWood (www.southwoodcorp.com) specializes in the creation and implementation of image-conscious signage and graphics for clients nationwide. The commercial signage solutions manufacturer has recently completed the main identification signage for the 80,000 square-foot facility near downtown Rock Hill.
"SouthWood's unique ability to offer a single source of wayfinding planning, signage design, manufacturing and installation results in a seamless, controllable and fully accountable process that minimizes time and improves efficiency," says Ernest Dwight, president of SouthWood. "We are pleased to play a role in this important effort to redevelop Rock Hill's oldest cotton mill and preserve the city's industrial history."
The building's 126-year history has significance as the first steam-powered facility in South Carolina. Coal-fired boilers that provided steam power to the mill's looms and other equipment have been preserved and will be accessible to visitors.
The facility opened in 1881 to produce yarn. Later, looms were added for making sheeting and cotton rope. Drivelines that powered looms and other textile machinery in the main halls have been reinstalled along the ceilings to give the rooms the appearance of a working factory.
A section of the main entrance hall will be set aside to display Rock Hill memorabilia and artifacts from its textile history.
About SouthWood Corporation
Founded in 1970, SouthWood has earned a reputation for helping clients figure out what they need, getting it done right and on time, and providing service and quality that generate referrals and repeat business. Call 704-588-5000 or visit www.southwoodcorp.com for more information.