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Our integrity and excellence in our people shape the legacy of our business.

Harriss & Covington was founded in 1920 in High Point, North Carolina. At the time, this part of North Carolina was considered the textile capital of the South. And that designation remained true until the 1990s when globalization opened up cheaper labor markets and nearly all the textile operations in this region relocated to overseas locations. Harriss & Covington was an exception.

Committing to remain in the USA as a premier maker of high-quality performance socks for leading U.S. and global brands, the company’s founding families vowed to make whatever investment and sacrifices were necessary to honor that commitment.

With the fifth generation of the founders helming the operation and 280 employees strong, Harriss & Covington proudly thrives in the same town where it launched nearly a century ago, delivering high-quality performance socks to some of the most recognized brands in the world including Nike, Smartwool, FootJoy and Ace & Everett.

Our History

1920

Julius Ward Harriss and his son-in-law W. Comer Covington incorporate Harriss - Covington Hosiery Mill, commencing operations on the second floor of a building on N. Hamilton Street in High Point, North Carolina.

1922

Company relocates to new factory on Oak Street, ceases production of ladies’ mercerize cotton stockings. Focus exclusively on men’s socks in cotton or silk.

1928

Sales surpass $1 million for the first time.

1941

The majority of production shifts to the U.S. government war effort; largely cotton anklet dyed army green and black.

1968

Pantyhose are the rage. Harriss & Covington asks a consultant if they should enter the market. “No,” they are counseled. But you must modernize for what’s coming. The company draws up plans for new, 100,000-square-foot factory on the outskirts of High Point. Construction begins.

1978

Now servicing clients like Woolworth,  JC Penney,  Zayre and Thom McAn,  the company expands again, building a new plant in Boonville, North Carolina.

1989

Boonville production comes back to High Point as the industry begins seeing bigger brands and bulk business going to overseas factories.

1990s

Off-shoring shutters mills across the southeast. Harriss & Covington recognizes to survive, changes were needed. Targeting niche business, the company invests in the latest technology and restructures to be more design rich, shorten lead times, react and be nimble.

2000 - 2001

Tyler Covington, the fifth generation, joins the company. Soon followed by brothers Braden and Chris. Tyler connects with Smartwool, begins a relationship that now amounts to 600 SKUs being produced for Smartwool.

2000s

The decision to modernize, pursue niche business and elevate capabilities, technical prowess, responsiveness and research and development pays dividends as the company defies the odds and grows in spite of offshoring.

2010

2010 - The company purchases property next door to its plant and converts the space to a distribution center to further service its customer base.

Our mission is to persist as a premier manufacturer of hosiery for leading U.S. and global brands. We insist on being the industry standard with a keen focus on quality and unparalleled customer service.

Our integrity and excellence in our people shape the legacy of our business.

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knitting & sewing

Knitting & Seaming

We have a diverse bank of single cylinder and double cylinder jacquard knitting equipment. Our core focus is single cylinder, and our machines span 108n to 200n with the vast majority being 144n. Our double cylinder machines are 96n & 176n. Over the past several years, Harriss & Covington has made significant investments in state-of-the-art knitting machines with toe closure. Nearly all our equipment is selective terry capable allowing us to add targeted cushioning in select zones for specific applications and activities.

John Ramsey, Smartwool

“We were looking for a partnership. Additionally, when I toured the facility and met the people, I got the sense of a company that wanted to innovate, they wanted to explore, they were interested in a challenge.”

John Ramsey, Smartwool®

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dyeing & drying

Dyeing & Drying

Fully automated, micro-processor-controlled dye equipment ensures consistency and range from smaller sample machines up to 400-pound production machinery. Dryers are also fully automated.

Cody & Sage Disch, Ace & Everett

“I really consider Tyler a mentor. His whole team really brings creative insight into the product. It’s a place where I can bounce ideas off of Tyler and others whenever I am thinking of a new silhouette, a new yarn, a new design.”

Cody & Sage Disch, Ace & Everett

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boarding & pairing

Boarding & Pairing

Combining electric heat and steam applications ensures the very best layout dimensions as specified by our customers. Every sock — children to men’s extra large sizes — is inspected post-boarding for proper size, fit, about dimensions, shade consistency and any detectable defect.

John Ramsey, Smartwool

“The spirit of innovative thinking is on both sides. We go to them, they come to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for us and our business. They have allowed us to innovate and that is how we stay ahead of a very competitive marketplace.”

John Ramsey, Smartwool®

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printing & finishing

Packaging & Finishing

High-volume multiple packs, specialized hanger packs, cardboard inserts, swiftachs, automated bagging lines, sole transfer — our packaging and folding department is equipped and experienced in every demand.

John Ramsey, Smartwool

“Here we are after all this time, and Harriss & Covington still finds ways to surprise us. They are always pushing the envelope, and of course at Smartwool we do, too. We ask, ‘Can you do this?’ And they never say no.”

John Ramsey, Smartwool®

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warehouse & distribution

Warehouse & Distribution

Error-free shipping and distribution to thousands of customer-specific destinations from our state-of-the-art warehouse. The latest computerized bar-coding and check-weighing technologies track and monitor made-to-order, on-demand, case stock, pick-pack orders from shelf stock and case shipments that include all types of in-store displays.

Cody & Sage Disch, Ace & Everett

“Once we toured the mill we knew we’d found the right place. We saw immediately their capabilities and how much they valued the fine details which are so important to our products.”

Cody & Sage Disch, Ace & Everett

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research & development

Research & Development

More than 150 years of collective experience fuels an R&D department outfitted with the latest CAD systems. Whether it’s developing new and exciting products or executing quick tuns on samples, Harriss & Covington’s R&D delivers for our customers.

John Ramsey, Smartwool

“The spirit of innovative thinking is on both sides. We go to them, they come to us. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for us and our business. They have allowed us to innovate and that is how we stay ahead of a very competitive marketplace.”

John Ramsey, Smartwool®

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quality assurance

Quality Assurance

Comprehensive, military-standard methodology audits quality at every stage of manufacturing, applying a pass/fail at every point through the process. For nearly a century, Harriss & Covington’s reputation for quality has been unsurpassed.

Cody & Sage Disch, Ace & Everett

“I really consider Tyler a mentor. His whole team really brings creative insight into the product. It’s a place where I can bounce ideas off of Tyler and others whenever I am thinking of a new silhouette, a new yarn, a new design.”

Cody & Sage Disch, Ace & Everett

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336.882.6811