Powerloom Industry :
Powerloom Industry is small scale industry which is one of the job oriented rural industries contributing to its full capacity to the growth & development of our Country. The industry is rightly called a small scale industry as it requires small capital investment & less maintenance cost. Owing to this, the Industry is mostly wide spread in rural areas.
The Powerloom Industry has been clustered and flourished in the following prominent powerloom centres in Maharashtra – Bhiwandi [Thane Dist.], Ichalkaranji [Kolhapur Dist.], Sholapur [Sholapur Dist.], Malegaon [Nasik Dist.], Dhule [Dhule Dist.], and Sangli [Sangli Dist.]. Most of these Powerlooms are working in decentralized sector. The Powerloom Sector mostly comprises of small units containing 2 to 4 powerlooms and these Powerloom Units are working on job work basis i.e. powerloom holders are obtaining raw material from the traders and supplying woven cloth in turn at certain terms and rate of wages. The Powerloom Sector provides direct employment to about 10 lakh persons.