Fashion designer Natalie Chanin stands in front of in-progress garments at the Alabama Chanin Factory. Chanin and Billy Reid, internationally acclaimed designers, have teamed up to test the concept of organic, sustainable cotton farming and garment-making. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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President Obama tours Conveyor Engineering and Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Woodside Cotton Mill in Simpsonville, SC employed 622 people early in 1988. In 1989, the mill closed. It was recently converted into condominiums. scmikeburton/Flickr hide caption

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