Founded in 1916, Parkdale is one of the largest yarn manufacturers in the world. It serves customers in the textile and manufacturing industries. The company maintains more than 20 plants in the United States, Colombia, Mexico and Honduras. It provides a variety of pima, organic and Egyptian cotton. The company offers cleaning, bending, carding, drawing and combing services. It provides products under various brands, including Coolmax and Thermolite. The company maintains the cotton fiber research center that focuses on the use of cotton fibers and achieving identical results with different types of cotton. It additionally offers management training programs for college graduates. With a location in Monroe, N.C., Parkdale Mills manages a staff of over 2,500 employees.