Local roots, broad reach: Born in Chattanooga, these companies cultivate markets all over the world but stay grounded in the Scenic City

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Paul Mallchok pulls socks to fulfill direct-to-consumer orders at storage area at Sockwell headquarters in East Chattanooga.


* Local roots: Founded in Chattanooga in 2009 as Goodhew, launched spinoff Sockwell in 2011* Consolidated both names under the Sockwell brand in 2015* Headquarters and warehouse in Chattanooga* Production facility in East Ridge* 19 employees in Chattanooga* Broad reach: An additional 20 employees in 15 states, with another 150 employees in nine countries outside the U.S.* Sales in 22 countries and the U.S.* Online: sockwellusa.com* Co-founder Jim Markley: We have major accounts that come in for meetings, and they love this city. We’ll have our international sales meeting here with 55 people from Australia, Japan, Canada, Dubai. We have people that say, ‘We don’t want you to come here to Denver or L.A.