When Shaysville was only a few miles from the nearest city, its mayor and a local farmer had a plan.
They would build a textile factory in Shakesvillers textile industry.
And they would do it in a way that would be sustainable.
It’s a vision they would never have imagined when they bought a 2,000-acre parcel of land in 2013, just north of town, and started laying a railroad.
Shakesville is the largest textile producer in Texas and one of just two textile plants in the world.
Its cotton-and-textile mill was once a major employer and it employs more than 6,000 people.
Now it’s just a few years later, and it’s still the same Shakesburg plant.
But its been transformed.
Its now one of the largest in the state, and a factory like this is what’s needed to support its nearly 10,000 employees.
“We wanted to build a factory that would create jobs, and this is a textile plant that could support all the jobs that Shakesburgh County is looking to add,” said Shakesbury Mayor Jason Lewis.
When Shakesboro began to be developed in the late 2000s, it was built to produce textile apparel for a wide range of industries.
It also became a major hub for textile exports.
It’s now a center for the U.S. apparel industry.
The Shakesborough factory, which will have a capacity of 1,500 people, is one of several textile plants built in Texas.
But unlike most of the other factories that have been built in the past decade, this one is one that’s sustainable.
“It’s very low impact, and we wanted to make sure that it would be environmentally friendly,” Lewis said.
“Shakesburg is going to be the largest industrial city in the United States.
So it’s important to make the most of what we have,” Shakesfield Mayor Shakes Brown added.
Shakesstown is the second largest textile producing city in Texas, after Shaysburg.
The company’s first step was to get permission from the county to build the plant.
Then, Shaysboro residents began taking their case to the city council.
They also met with Lewis and Brown to discuss the plan.
Shanesville is now a place that’s growing economically.
It has nearly 6,500 employees.
And its been growing the past few years, with a growing number of students and families moving into the area.
“The Shaysborough area has had tremendous economic development over the past couple of decades, and the Shakesbridge community is very excited about that,” Lewis added.
“When we talk about our textile industry, the first thing that comes to mind is our jobs.
We are the biggest textile producer and the largest employer in Shaysburgh County.
It just makes sense that Shaysbridge is the place to start.”
Shakesbergs Cotton and Textile Mill has been in business for 40 years, and its now the largest cotton- and textile-making factory in the country.
Shaysvillers Mayor Jason and Shakesburys co-owner Shakes Warren Brown have been trying to grow their textile industry for over 30 years.
Shanesvilles textile production has grown from a few hundred employees to nearly 100,000.