In 1966, the Richmond Glove Corp (Indiana) built and operated a glove manufacturing plant in Carolina Beach at 811 Harper Ave, on the corner of Dow Road. In 1967, J.W. Abernethy Jr., President of Carolina Glove Co., of Newton, NC purchased the glove factory from Richmond Glove. He announced plans to expand the Carolina Beach facility and that all current personnel would be retrained.
Carolina Glove Co. had begun manufacturing in 1946 in Newton. It also had operations in Taylorsville and Catawba, NC. Today, Carolina Glove Company is still family owned and is the largest glove manufacturing company in the US.
In 1981, the Carolina Glove Co’s. Carolina Beach subdivision had 30 employees working on an assembly line turning out three dozen gloves an hour, manufacturing almost 10,000 gloves a week. The plant produced all-leather drivers – a type of work glove – in 6,000 styles. Most of the finished gloves were shipped back to Newton, NC where they were sold wholesale throughout the United States.
Operations declined in the late 1980’s, and in the last few years the building at the corner of Harper and Dow Road was partially occupied by a series of trades-persons. But last year, some local residents saw new possibilities for the underutilized glove factory building.
Rick and Patricia Jones, with recent experience assisting their son, John Garcia, in opening Lookout Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC, began investigating the possibility of opening a brewery in the former Carolina Glove factory. Rick and Patricia Jones later signed a multi-year lease with the original family owners of the building and began the long and expensive process of creating a community-oriented brewing environment. While restoring the building for the brewery, they focused on retaining the building’s architectural and period
Good Hops Brewing started with a 3 barrel system with 2 brews a day. They will maintain 8 or more taps for tasting at the brewery and offer over two dozen varieties of beers for distribution to local bars, restaurants and hotels.
Good Hops Brewing LLC, opened on June 20, 2014.
WILMA Magazine – August, 2014
Carolina Beach jumps into brewery trend with Good Hops