A Look Into The Rich History of Carolina Pet Company

What a year 2020 has been! Though it was difficult, we made it and we are excited to embark on the possibilities 2021 has to offer!

As we turn over another year, we find ourselves taking a look into the past at the rich history of Prosperity, SC where our factory is located.

Our team outside the factory December 2020

Before being named Prosperity, the area was called Frog Level due to its low-lying location and large numbers of frogs living in adjacent ponds. Captain Matthew Hall settled in the area in 1827, and established a store and post office in the early 1830s. The town expanded with the arrival of the railroad in the 1850s, and in later decades would profit from its location along two major rail lines. After a fire destroyed part of the town in 1873, the town’s residents voted to change the name of the town to “Prosperity” after the Prosperity Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. (Wikipedia)

photo: Geographically Yours – D.J.Z

Textile manufacturing came to this little town in central South Carolina. In 1958, Old School Manufacturing established itself in an empty school building that was built in 1925.

Plaque with original school founders

After Old School Manufacturing, the building was owned by clothing manufacturer, Dickies. “In converting to civilian production after the war, C. Don Williamson began a strategy of geographical expansion and established new production facilities, warehouses, and sales territories throughout the United States.” (Dickies Website). And so they owned the building until we purchased it in 2001.

We are proud to produce product in a building that has so much rich American history!

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