History of Dickson Industries


  • April 30th, 1946—Allied Manufacturing Co. founded. The stockinette business starts at 115 SW 8th in Des Moines, Iowa.
  • Allied’s primary product was cotton stockinette for the food processors (meat packers).
  • Arthur D. Dickson hired as sales engineer and as a manufacturer’s representative. He also sold wire bound boxes, Krinkled Craft paper bags, Army Surplus and equipment.


  • Throughout the 1950’s, the company grew with the help of Arthur D. Dickson and his sales staff.
  • The owner of Allied Manufacturing Co. started Iowa Fiber, manufacturing Kapok orange life jackets for the United States Coast Guard, leaving the leadership of Allied Manufacturing Co. to Arthur D. Dickson.
  • Starts the business on Court Ave and in an unfortunate turn of events the business burnt down, and Iowa Fiber moved to 2425 Dean Ave.
  • ADD is the only remaining employee in management.


  • Arthur D. Dickson purchased Allied Manufacturing Co. and renamed it Dickson Industries, Inc.
  • Purchased the Interstate Bakery Building at 325 SW 5th street.
  • Started producing game bags.
  • In 1961, Arthur W. Dickson starts employment at Dickson Industries at the age of 16. He worked in the warehouse (unloading boxcars, sweeping, loading freight) shipping and receiving and in the knitting room.
  • In 1963, the Classic DI-3 was introduced.
  • In 1965 expansion into Mexico for yarn and fabrics, which created many long-lasting relationships.
  • In 1969, Arthur W. Dickson becomes the plant manager.


  • Arthur W. Dickson becomes sales manager and hires 6 new salesmen.
  • In 1972, Arthur W. Dickson becomes president of Dickson Industries, Inc.
  • Introduced Butcher coat line.
  • Further expansion into Mexico, 5 maquiladoras manufacturing butcher coats (frocks) and insulated apparel.
  • Introduction of the Shoji Rami Beef Shroud to supplement shroud sales.


  • Introduction into the Footwear industry and RoastKnit Products.
  • Floas and Absorbent Technology items.
  • In 1982, working relationship with China and hired a representative to negotiate for us in China for the purpose of manufacturing butcher coats (frocks) and insulated apparel.
  • Opened knitting operations in North Carolina and in Tennessee.


  • In 1990, Arthur D. Dickson passes away.
  • Introduction of DrainKnit.
  • In 1993, the business flooded and there was a major financial setback. Business moves ironically to 2425 Dean Ave.
  • In 1998, the start of the DeliKnit business was formed.


  • In 2005, the company purchased 65 additional high-tech knitting machines.
  • In 2014, David Dickson becomes the president of Dickson Industries, Inc.
  • Opened the Dallas Office
  • Major expansion into the DeliKnit production
  • Entrance into the Filtration Industry
  • In 2016 started SQF Certification process
  • In 2017 started in house embroidery business—Dickson Designs


  • 49 employees-Managerial and technical staff expansion
  • The company operates 216 knitting machines
  • Complete cut and sew operations
  • SQF Certification acquired
  • Current operations—50,000 square feet.