SPECIAL REPORT-How some US textile mills sidestepped Armageddon


* Spending on automation spurs productivity * Some survivors exporting to China, Latin America * Core of 400,000 workers hang on at survivors * Many focus on high-tech, high-performance fabrics * Veteran workers wary of industry's future By Scott Malone WALNUT COVE, N.C., June 29 (Reuters) - To get an idea of how some U.S. textile mills can compete with developing-world rivals who pay far lower wages, roll a bowling ball down one of the production lines at Parkdale Mills' Walnut ...

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