Alexander Chatham took over operation of the water powered mill that he worked in and installed wool processing equipment. He takes wool from the surrounding foothills and makes yarn and fabrics.
Chatham starts making woolen interiors for automobiles. Customers include Studebaker, Ford, Chrysler, AMC Hudson and Nash.
Chatham manufactures millions of blankets for the armed forces in World War 2 while the company’s president, Thurmond Chatham, commands a cruiser in the Pacific. Following WWII, The Chatham Blanketeers play in the Blue Ridge league.