Your leading manufacturer of technical textiles.
Our domestic team delivers state-of-the-art products to a wide variety of industries and customers every single day. When customization is needed, we’re happy to engineer the tailored solution to make you successful. With over 200 years of experience, more than 13,000 braiding machines, and thousands of unique customer applications, Atkins & Pearce knows how to deliver the fiber-based solutions you need.
Our tried and true manufacturing know-how is heavily relied on wherever industry intersects with high performance fibers. The 200+ years of textile mastery has led us to become who we are today—arguably one of the most diverse technical textile manufacturers in North America.
As a 7th generation family-owned business, we embrace a rich heritage with commitments to integrity, respect, candid communication, and responsibility. We draw wisdom from our long history but are never complacent as we challenge our people to think outside the box. Atkins & Pearce’s guiding force is the experience, creative capacity, and energy of all our people working together. We hold ourselves to a high standard of providing excellence for our loyal customers and our team.
Since inception, Atkins & Pearce has maintained a strong focus on emerging innovative technologies in textiles.
It started in 1817, when our two founders, John and Henry Pearce, devised an adaptation to the cotton gin to manufacture cotton machinery. Then in 1861, when the Civil War halted trade in the south, we changed direction from a machine business to fiber handling as we began braiding candlewick. In 1942 we began manufacturing parachute cords and other cotton goods 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support World War II efforts. Eight years later, in 1950 we pioneered the textile processing of glass fiber.
Since the development of glass fiber, we have been on the leading edge of fiber enhancement. Working with innovative fibers such as Kevlar®, Nomex®, Dyneema®, Spectra®, Teflon®, Gore®, and many more we have refined our processes to maximize the fiber’s performance when serving automotive, aerospace, electrical, medical, military, and beyond.
Today we’re headquartered in Covington, Kentucky—just 8 miles south of downtown Cincinnati where our manufacturing platform first began. Our 550,000 square foot, climate-controlled facility has proudly been ISO 9001 registered for more than two decades.
In addition to having the most diverse offering of fibers under one roof, our facility houses over 13,000 braiders, 6,000 twister spindles, 2,000 winders, and 1,000s of coating positions, coating towers, extruders, and proprietary fiber conversion platforms.