About the Loray Mill
Loray Mill originally opened in 1902 and was constructed by Lockwood, Greene & Co. of Rhode Island. As the largest textile mill in the South, its main use was producing cotton sheeting. However, around 1922 the mill started to produce tire cording because the automobile industry was quickly growing. This change brought on an expansion of the mill, making the total square footage of the mill jump from 450,000 square feet to 600,000 square feet.
Labor strikes and the company filing for bankruptcy led to Firestone Rubber and Tire buying the mill in 1935. They continued the production of tire cording until 1993 when Firestone moved into a new facility in Kings Mountain, NC. Firestone ended up donating the mill in 1998 to Preservation North Carolina, which launched preservation and renovation efforts. Since then, the mill has been renovated but went through little physical alterations.
Currently the Loray Mill has 180 loft apartments, event spaces, and commercial spaces. The Event Hall is the most popular space in the mill's commercial area. It is about 3,100 square feet and seats approximately 250 people. Other smaller rooms are also available for rental. Located about 30 minutes from the center of Charlotte, it is close enough to the city that you can enjoy the many attractions Charlotte has to offer.
About Homesteads Events
Named Wedding Wires' Couples Award Winner in 2018 and 2019, Homesteads Events is the venue management company that runs the event spaces at the Loray Mill. We work with every client from the moment you tour until the event is over to ensure that every event is perfect. Our office is located within the leasing office for Loray Mill Lofts on the second floor of the building. Please give the office a call at (704) 867-6977, email us, or click here to contact us if you have any questions or would like to visit the mill!
Where history happens.
300 S Firestone St. Gastonia, NC 28052