Alice Manufacturing sells Easley factory.

Date25 January 2022

Four years after the closure of Alice Manufacturing's Ellison Mill and its corresponding 175-employee layoff, another textile facility owned by the company may get a new lease on life.

Most recently used as a distribution center for fashion bedding manufactured in New York, Arial Mill was sold to Farpoint Acquisitions LLC for $2.6 million in this month, according to a news release.

The facility sits on 19.2 acres at 212 Rice Road and was originally built as a textile mill in 1924. Since 1966, the company's nearby Ellison plant produced greige fabric and yarn until a "flood of imports from producers in non-market economies" led to the mill's demise in 2018, according to a company announcement at the time, marking the end of an era for many in Pickens County.

Last summer, Alice Manufacturing rebranded itself as an innovation economy investment firm, Alice Co., under CEO E. Smyth McKissick IV, the great-great-grandson of the company's founder.

"Our business is completely different today," former CEO E. Smyth McKissick III said in a news release. "But like my father and those who came before him, we keep our focus on...

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