L. C. King Manufacturing names as Top 300 Business of the South

L.C. King Manufacturing owner Jack King laughed when asked what qualities enabled the Seventh Street clothing maker to be named as a “Top 300 Business of the South” by Business Leader Magazine.

“It’s a testament to giving your customers a lot of love and just making great products,” said King, the fourth generation of the King family to own and operate the L.C. King company, famed for their Pointer Brand jeans and clothing.

“We have a lot of pride in being a company that does worldwide business, but one that loves our local roots and local customers and neighbors,” King said.

King’s company also can take justifiable pride in its ‘Top 300” ranking from Business Leader Magazine: The firm was ranked No. 47 among Southern businesses on the prestigious list, which measures numerous factors including business achievement, community involvement and financial performance. The company does more than $1 million in annual sales, according to Jack King.

“What’s really gratifying to us is that our products can be found everywhere from Farm and Feed stores in the rural U.S. to high-end boutiques in Hong Kong, literally,” King said.

Added King: “We’re viewed as a novelty product by many customers in Asia and we’re really enjoying our growing popularity there. But we’ve never lost sight that we’re a Bristol company, so we serve our local neighbors and customers with the same passion.”

King said L.C. King currently has 25 employees, but the owner expressed confidence that he’ll be dramatically expanding his workforce over the next year or so.

“Ideally, I’d love to add 50 new workers and help 50 more local families thrive,” King said. “I have faith we can get there and accomplish that.”

In addition to jeans, L.C. King produces a wide range of clothing, including jackets, coats, caps, T-shirts, coveralls and an upcoming line of coverall jackets. The company is largely believed to be the only American textile firm still owned and operated by its founding family.

Jack King accepted the company’s “Top 300” honor from Business Leader Magazine during a recent awards dinner in Nashville.