What started as a family business named for two nephews, has grown into one of the top-producing mills

in
south carolina

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ABOUT BOBUCK MILLS

Owned and operated by the same three families since its opening in 1952, BoBuck Mills is an industry leader in closing tapes and handles for mattresses. With sample and finishing services, as well as an on-site testing lab, our narrow fabrics can be made to custom specifications, ensuring our clients receive only the best materials for their final products.

our history

BoBuck Mills opened its doors in 1952 in Chesterfield, SC. Three men, Charles Little, Henry Little, Jr. and Harry Hodges started the mill to make narrow fabrics primarily used as closing tapes for the mattress industry.

Over the years, other industries have used BoBuck tapes, including parachute manufacturers, who have used our narrow fabrics as parachute cords and harness connectors. Currently, 98% of our narrow fabrics are used within the mattress industry.

Owned and operated by the same three families since 1952, BoBuck Mills is the oldest company in America, as well as the industry leader, still producing narrow fabrics for mattresses.
 
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meet the team

PRESIDENT and

GENERAL MANAGER

john

BAILEY

John Bailey is a textile veteran with over 30 years of experience, who has been with BoBuck since 2017. In his role, he is involved in all facets of the business, from purchasing, cost and quality, to manufacturing and sales. Originally from Chesterfield, SC, John came "home" to lead BoBuck to the next level of growth and firmly establish the systems that...

John Bailey is a textile veteran with over 30 years of experience, who has been with BoBuck since 2017. In his role, he is involved in all facets of the business, from purchasing, cost and quality, to manufacturing and sales. Originally from Chesterfield, SC, John came "home" to lead BoBuck to the next level of growth and firmly establish the systems that will assure a thriving future. John is a graduate of Wofford College and a US Army veteran. He is married to Carol and enjoys all sports.

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DESIGN CONSULTANT  and

ACCOUNT MANAGER

PATSY

ALLEN

Patsy Allen has worked with BoBuck Mills since 2010 as a narrow fabrics designer, colorist, and liaison to BoBuck's major partners in the mattress industry. She studied Art & Design at East Carolina University and earned a BFA in design from UNCG. With 30+ years of experience in jacquard upholstery design, Patsy coordinates weaves, colors...

Patsy Allen has worked with BoBuck Mills since 2010 as a narrow fabrics designer, colorist, and liaison to BoBuck's major partners in the mattress industry. She studied Art & Design at East Carolina University and earned a BFA in design from UNCG. With 30+ years of experience in jacquard upholstery design, Patsy coordinates weaves, colors and patterns to match each customer's design vision. She works from her studio in Hillsborough, NC and enjoys baking and gardening.

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VICE PRESIDENT of

SALES and MARKETING

carl

carpenter

With 30 years of experience in the textile industry, Carl Carpenter is credited with helping major mattress makers find new uses for mattress tape. Carl joined BoBuck in 2020; his responsibilities include account management and development, as well as overseeing advertising and branding initiatives. Carl is a graduate of NC State's Wilson College...

With 30 years of experience in the textile industry, Carl Carpenter is credited with helping major mattress makers find new uses for mattress tape. Carl joined BoBuck in 2020; his responsibilities include account management and development, as well as overseeing advertising and branding initiatives. Carl is a graduate of NC State's Wilson College of Textiles and lives in Greensboro with his wife Kim, and his two children. He enjoys camping, fishing and golf.

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SALES

MANAGER

DENNIS

RICKETTS

Dennis Ricketts was hired after graduation from Wingate University as Traffic Manager for BoBuck Mills in 1987. He has transitioned into several positions during his career, including Production Manager, Plant Superintendent, and to his current role as Sales Manager. He has been an integral part of the growth of BoBuck Mills, from a new... 

Dennis Ricketts was hired after graduation from Wingate University as Traffic Manager for BoBuck Mills in 1987. He has transitioned into several positions during his career, including Production Manager, Plant Superintendent, and his current role as Sales Manager. He has been an integral part of the growth of BoBuck Mills, and looks forward to the challenges of future customer's needs. A local Lion's Club member for +20 years, Dennis serves as the club's Vice President.

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