Misty Mountain Threadworks

Banner Elk, NC

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About the enterprise:

Misty Mountain Threadworks was founded on the belief that it could make the finest climbing harnesses in the world, and that this could be accomplished in a manner that was respectful of all involved – customers, employees, vendor partners and owners alike. Years of experiencing the forests, cliffs and rivers of the Southern Appalachian Range has instilled in the company’s owners and employees a respect for nature and a commitment to managing its operations responsibly and sustainably. Misty Mountain Threadworks products are made domestically, in its  “folksy, yet state of the art” textile facility in the North Carolina mountains. The company provides employment for skilled workers in a shrinking manufacturing economy, and its practice of sourcing locally cuts down substantially on total freight costs in both dollars and carbon emissions. Product designs and manufacturing processes are optimized to minimize waste and promote recycling, and Misty Mountain further reduces its carbon footprint by reusing corrugated boxes from local retailers and suppliers for all of its outgoing shipments. Streamlining all its processes to conserve energy use is an ongoing project at the company.

Role of NCIF:

 NCIF helped Misty Mountain gear up for a major new order for harnesses and slings by providing working capital financing. 


NCIF’s support for the company enables it to continue its sustainable production methods as it expands. The company expects to create eight new positions in the two years post-NCIF investment.

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