Frank Ix & Sons
Frank Ix & Sons was a textile firm that came to Charlottesville in 1928. They operated a mill and factory which manufactured evertything from silk to lycra. For many years, the company was Charlottesville's largest private employer but its fortunes were affected by the decline in the United States' textile industry. By 1999 they only had 150 employees, down from a high of 1,400. The mill closed in 1999, but the entire complex has become known as the Ix Project, a mixed-use building just south of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.
There were attempts to unionize in 1948. 
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