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864 846 8200

15 Broad Street, Williamston, SC 29697

About Us

We are a one stop wholesale fabric company based in South Carolina dedicated to serving
our customer's throughout the world and supplying the best quality fabrics.

OUR COMPANY HISTORY

The Cohen family has been in some form of the textile industry for four generations, starting in the early 1900's when the elder Mr. Cohen came from Russia and peddled fabrics to companies out of New York.
He earned enough money to open a knitting mill on Walker Street on the lower east side of New York. As his son, Herbert Cohen grew up in the family business, he had other ideas. He had the vision of the textile mills moving to the southeast United States and landed a job with Whitaker and Whitaker. They moved him to Tennessee where he had the hard task of closing down one of their textile plants. After doing so, he was so distraught, he decided to open his own business and never again close down a textile mill. Herb Cohen moved to Anderson, South Carolina and started working with a few local textile mills picking up their textile remnants, overruns and the cutting plants waste. He had several employees by this time. They started segregating the waste by color and fiber and sold them to a local garnetter. Herb had a few old friends in New York who would buy the materials and sell them to retail stores in the northeast and Caribbean.

Phoenix of Anderson was formed after Herb Cohen (Mr. C) had a fire in his Anderson, South Carolina warehouse. “Phoenix” a symbol from the biblical time, representing a bird that arose from the ashes was an appropriate name as Eric, one of Mr. Cohens four sons came into the business. They worked together rebuilding the fabric business and renamed Textile Enterprises of Anderson (TEA) to Phoenix of Anderson. A year later, Herb and Eric approached another son, Greg, about working in the family business. The three Cohens worked together to build up their small fabric wholesale business. For the next five years business was tough as the textile industry was moving off-shore.
  • In October 1997
    Phoenix of Anderson suffered from a devastating fire which destroyed all the offices and production facility along with half the warehouse space. With no insurance, most of the employees were laid off and the decision was made to rebuild.

    Fortunately, the company had just shipped out more than four large orders just weeks prior to the fire. This helped bring in enough revenue to clean up from the fire and work towards rebuilding. With very little working capital and only the help of friends, the task of cleaning up the debris started. For twelve weeks, the Cohens worked seven days a week 10-12 hours per day. A notice went out to all the suppliers and customers which reassured everyone that the company would be rebuilt even better than before. Mr. C always said "Your reputation is the most important thing in business". He was and always will be right. After much hard work, we were able to move into a building 30 miles away and start rebuilding. The new building was located in Iva, South Carolina and was a good start. We were able to bring back some employees. Because of our reputation in the textile industry, many of the textile mills we had worked with allowed us to start working with them again. Retail stores and companies throughout the world asked us to start producing fabrics for them again.

  • September 11
    2001 will be a day every American, individual and company here in the United States and everywhere in the world will always remember.

    Businesses stood still for several days, weeks, and even months. Many companies were forced to go out of business or downsize. We had downsized as much as we could and talked about opening up for a few days to local businesses and to the public with no minimum to buy. We bought a $99 cash register and the least expensive credit card machine, then ran a small advertisement in a local newspaper.

The first day we opened, we were shocked when more then 50 customers paid for merchandise and thanked us for letting them in our warehouse.

By the end of the three days, we had sold enough fabric to get us caught up on our bills and had more then 200 customers walk through our doors and ask when they could come back. We decided to do it again six months later and couldn’t believe it, more then 400 customers visited us in only three days. Within the next few years, All About Fabrics (Outlet Center) had grown to more than 10,000 customers with over 1.2 Million yards in stock. When we open up for these three days every month, we are the largest fabric store in the United States.

As All About Fabrics grew, so did Phoenix of Anderson and Orr/Lyons Industries. Phoenix Of Anderson grew by purchasing all the textile waste, remnants, overruns, and closeout fabrics a textile mill would make. We also purchase many finished products, trimmings, sewing supplies, and notions as well. Orr/Lyons Industries has grown over the past ten years with the “Go Green” push. We help companies with setting up recycling operations and are always looking for new companies to work with. After we segregate the textile waste and other commodities, we consolidate the items until we have enough to load containers and then ship the merchandise around the world.

Today, we are a fully diversified textile company working with fabric consumers, home based businesses, manufacturing companies, textile plants, and many other trades and individuals. In the United States we have more than 1,000 wholesale customers in more than 40 different trades and businesses. We export fabrics to more than 30 countries around the world. If you would like more information on working with us, we would appreciate the opportunity and look forward in hearing from you.

PHOENIX OF ANDERSON

Address

15 Broad Street, Williamston, SC 29697

Phone

864.846.8200

fax

864.846.8205