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Mock, Judson, Voehringer Company Hosiery Mill

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NRHP Reference #  11000141
Added to NRHP  28 March 2011
Area  4 ha
Mock, Judson, Voehringer Company Hosiery Mill
Location  2610 Oakland Ave., Greensboro, North Carolina
Built  1927, 1928, 1930, 1936, 1938

The Mock, Judson, Voehringer Company Hosiery Mill, also known as Mojud Hosiery Company and Rolane Factory Outlet Store, is a former hosiery production plant located at 2610 Oakland Avenue in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina. The company was founded in 1926, and operated until 1972. The plant was then shut down, except for a small portion used as an outlet store, until its final complete shutdown in 1999. The plant was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.

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Founding and growth

Founded in 1926 by Bernard Mock, Nathaniel Judson and John K. Voehringer, the Mock, Judson, Voehringer Company of NC, Inc was formed for hosiery production. Following industrialists such as the Cone Family, the MJV Company built a production facility at 2610 Oakland Avenue, formerly 1004 Howard street, in 1927. Starting with 14 original employees, by 1929 they had increased to 600 workers and were producing four million pairs of silk hosiery annually. The complex had also grown from its original 10,000 square feet to roughly 140,000.

Worker housing and benefits

Unlike other textile corporations, such as the Cone mills, who would not begin to pull away from providing worker housing until the Great Depression, MJV did not have mill villages. Directories from the time period have indicated that employees were taking advantage of a local booming housing economy and lived in the surrounding areas of Lindley and Highland Park. MJV also provided an on-site nurse, a cafeteria for their employees, and a recreational baseball team, the Mojuds Nighthawks.

Labor disputes

In 1937, two years after the passing of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, the American Federation of Hosiery Workers filed charges against MJV claiming that the mill had engaged in unfair labor practices including the distribution of anti-union literature, firing employees on the basis of union membership, and removal of organizers attempting to distribute union literature outside of the facility.

References

Mock, Judson, Voehringer Company Hosiery Mill Wikipedia


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