The Dize Company is one of the largest fabricators of awnings, tarpaulins and specialty products on the East Coast. The company manufactures and distributes rooftop cargo carriers, vehicle interior liners, restraint netting, poly tarpaulins, cotton tarpaulins, canvas and vinyl cargo covers, umbrellas, banners, car and boat covers, residential and commercial fabric awnings and tents. The company was founded in 1913 as a canvas awning, window shade and tarp manufacturer called Hudgin Awning Company. In 1922, Archie Thomas Dize purchased the company and moved its headquarters to Winston-Salem, N.C., and began manufacturing tents for fairs, carnivals, circuses, gospel events and the United States Armed Forces. The name was changed to Dize Awning & Tent Company and later to The Dize Company.