Bibb Manufacturing “The Bibb Company”

Bibb Manufacturing Company “The Bibb Company” 

Founded in 1876 in Macon, Georgia by Major John F. Hanson, Isaac N. Hanson, and Hugh M. Comer  

1898 Bibb Merged with Macon Knitting Co, Taylor Mfg, Cordele Mfg and Porterdale Mills  In 1900 they Bought Columbus Power Co & it’s Mill and by 1906 They had sold Cordele and the Power Company portion of the business keeping only mills.





1906 Columbus Mill built and incorporated into Bibb City, Bibbs Company town

1919 Payne City created

1927 Bought Payne Cotton Mills

1942 Created Heat Resistant Cotton Tire Cord for the war

* Some of Bibb Manufacturing’s later success was a result of licensed kids products. The more prominent licenses included Star Wars, Barney the Dinosaur, The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and The Lion King.[19] Other licenses included 101 Dalmatians, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Sailor Moon and Batman.[20] The inability to properly manage the volatility of these licensed products contributed to the demise of Bibb Manufacturing.

1985-1995 Thomas Foleys junk bond buy out destroys Bibb

1997 Bibb’s Terry division is sold to Westpoint Stevens including the Rosemary Plant JP Stevens bought in 1988

1998 Dan River inc purchases Bibb for $250 million.

2000 Bibb Manufacturing Macon office officially closed. HQ in East Macon was sold to the city of Macon and is now the Sec of States Examining Board

During their operation Bibb had 25 mills, including Bibb Mill 1 & 2. Like Cannon, Bibb also focused on the health and well being of their mill employees. They created communities with education, stores, hospitals and housing like Bibb City. They had 5 schools for children, 19 vocational schools for employee training and 6 churches. Churches  were also welcome to build on Mill land for free, with Bibb offering to pay 1/3 of the cost of construction. Bibb offered free healthcare for their employees as well and had 6 free clinics with 9 doctors and 8 nurses and a hospital at the Porterdale Mill. Also on staff were 6 social workers that organized activities for the community.




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