The North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association has provided instructional materials on the history of textile industry in North Carolina to 550 public schools in the state.

The association, based in Raleigh, is a statewide trade group that promotes items of interest to the state's textile industry. North Carolina is the nation's leading textile-producing state.The materials - two videotapes and an activities guide for teachers - are designed for eighth-grade classes.

``No single video resource existed to tell the story of textiles' role in North Carolina's history and economy,' said association president Allan Payne. ``We have addressed that shortfall, and we know that the schools will find the materials accurate and useful.'

The two, 20-minute videotapes are entitled ``Threads of Industry.' The first, subtitled ``America's First Industry,' covers the period from 1870 until 1920. The second, subtitled ``The New Industrial Revolution,' covers the industry from 1920 to the present day.

The project cost more than $85,000 but materials were donated free of charge to public schools.

The association's communications and education committees headed up the project. The communication committee is headed by Roger Gant III or Glen Raven Mills in Glen Raven. The communication's committee is led by James M. Monroe Jr. of Fieldcrest Cannon in Kannapolis.

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