The textile industry in the United States dates back to the 1790’s when Samuel Slater built a water powered cotton-spinning mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Over the next two centuries, the industry grew significantly with employment rising to well over two million workers as recently as the 1950’s. Cities and towns across the US were littered with textile mills throughout much of the 20th century. By the 1990’s however, lower labor costs in other parts of the world caused most manufacturers to move their manufacturing facilities to places like Mexico, India and China. Since then US textile companies have had to focus on technological advancements to remain competitive. Today the textile industry is highly automated and efficient, and US producers employ over 200,000 skilled workers.
PTI’s products are widely used by textile equipment manufacturers in spinning, printing, finishing, coating and drying applications. Nonwoven applications include web forming, bonding and finishing. Our mounted bearings are commonly found in textile manufacturing facilities.