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In 1896, Massachusetts Mills opened a new textile mill in Lindale, Georgia. The mill produced 1/7 of all textiles in Georgia. 1,393 people were employed by the mill in 1903. In 1926, the mill was sold to Pepperell Manufacturing Company, giving the community and school the name Pepperell. After 105 years of manufacturing textiles in Georgia, the mill closed in 2001. The closure dealt a huge blow to the economy of Floyd County, and to the community of Lindale. In 2004 a 70 year old tradition of hanging a Christmas star between the smoke stacks also briefly ended.