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XGO Factory Visit

Last week, I had the chance for a quick visit to XGO’s parent company, Longworth Industries, to tour not only their factory, where they assemble garments, but also their mill, where they create their fabrics.

The factory was humming right along when I arrived mid-afternoon. Longworth currently runs one shift per day in this factory which produces XGO clothing for military and LE customers all year long, with seasonal production of their commercial, Polarmax line.

At any one time, Longworth Industries holds about $1.5 Million in raw goods, but not much of it lays dormant. Each lot is checked for proper color shade and to ensure the fabric meets its basic characteristics.

While each day, the management team lays out the day’s production goals, fabric is cut in a continuing process to stay ahead of the sewing floor.

One of the most interesting processes for me was their use of ink cups to print labels. Longworth had previously used a heat transfer process for their labels.

Conveniently, Longworth’s fabric mill is located right next door to their garment factory.

The majority of XGO’s Berry Compliant fabrics are milled here. Above, you see a bi-component knit being woven with different outer and inner yarns. They also use a dye house located nearby and the XGO headquarters and warehouse aren’t far away. The close proximity of their supply chain helps control costs.

The mill runs three shifts with some additional overtime. That’s an interesting ratio. At their current rate, which includes a multitude of variables, they run three shifts at the mill to produce one shift’s worth of garments.

Although central North Corlina was once well known for its textile industry, new employees must be trained, particularly sewing machine operators. This is an issue, I’ve seen time and time again, regardless of the location. People just don’t grow up sewing anymore. However, the team they’ve got right now, was doing a great job of assembling garments.

I want to thank to Longworth Industries team for hosting me on short notice. They have assembled a great team.

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6 Responses to “XGO Factory Visit”

  1. Marcus says:

    It warms my heart to see American garment manufacturing.

    XGO’s products are well made, high-quality, durable and breathable. And I’m not just stating that without context. I have family who were in the garment and embroidery business since the early 20th century.

    Multicam is also now in stock. Just saying.

    I can’t wish them enough future success.

  2. will says:

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about their product, how is xgo compared to other baselayers like the ones from arcteryx, beyond, and smartwool, in terms of quality in synthetic and natural materials, quality in stitching and overall performance of the garment.

  3. Invictus says:

    More posts like this, please! It’s like How It’s Made, only its highlighting products I actually care about.

    • Dev says:

      Seconded. It’s always awesome to see a product from the raw materials stage to its birth to finished package.

      Lets those who keep harping on about how expensive certain items are pause and think where their dollars and cents are really going to as well.

  4. Jeff S says:

    I’ve been very happy with the handful of XGO products available to us in our “uniform catalog.” Seems to hold up really well. Being made in the US is just icing on the cake.

  5. Attack7 says:

    Very well made, awesome facilities West of Bragg, its a shame everyone in uniform always wants a cheaper version of what XGO makes, then complains when their unit buys it three times because the cheap stuff fails! Hats off to Big A for moving over there and taking them to another level. I’ve been wearing their performance line for over 5 years now, we even have our unit logo printed on it front and back, hasn’t faded or peeled off with all the rough and tumble workouts we do! Much better than that ‘overseas’ made Airborne PX PT shirts units are made to buy! SSD, thanks for showing this. It should be banned to buy anything but US made anything in our profession of arms.