Making Quality Textiles Since 1944

Based in Emporia Virginia, we supply a variety of braided, woven, and knitted products to an expansive customer base all around the world. We have adapted and improved our operation over many years to meet customer needs. Creating specialty products for unique applications is something we take a lot of pride in, tell us what you need and we will do our best to make it happen.

Our History

Franklin Braid has been in business since 1944, when Wick Narrow Fabric Company purchased a plant in Franklin, Virginia. The plant was originally used to manufacture flat braided tapes, but it wasn’t long before we needed more space and equipment. In 1956, facing the need to expand our facilities and manufacturing capability, the plant was moved to Emporia, Virginia. Equipment was installed to produce braided drawstrings and we became a major manufacturer of these products.

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Over the years our plant was enlarged many times and additional equipment added for more capacity as well as a wider range of products. In 1980 we became a subsidiary of Wayne Mills, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wayne is a producer of woven tapes and lightweight webbing, and specialty coatings on narrow fabrics. The new ownership proved to be very beneficial for Franklin Braid—we have continued our growth by adding additional buildings and equipment—at present Franklin Braid has 90 employees and 80,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space! Production now exceeds 20 million feet of product per week produced on over 2 thousand machines, including high-speed European braiders

Now we make many types of elastic including drawstring elastic, insert, furniture products and general garment elastic. We also make elastic for the medical trade. A finishing range handles special finishes required by our customers. Franklin Braid exports and imports from many countries around the world. We use just about every type of yarn that is made and can make special products to specifications furnished by our customers.

For more information about our braided products please contact us at 434-634-4142 today!

Franklin Braid Manufacturing

Mailing Address:
PO Box 711
Emporia, VA 23847

Physical Address:
620 Davis St.
Emporia, VA 23847


Phone: 434-634-4142
Fax: 800-899-6563


Monday - Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Franklin Braid Manufacturing is a sister company to Wayne Mills. Wayne Mills family-owned and operated textile mill that has been operating since 1910.