November 14, 2011

Blanket Mill Reopened

"Neighborhood Revival," NBC Nightly News, Nov 6, 2011

A news story about the reopened Faribault Woolen Mill Co in Faribault, Minnesota.  Nothing to do with handspinning, but does have to do with domestic production of woolly goods and preservation of tools and skills.

According to the report, the factory equipment would have been exported to Pakistan if investors hadn't bought it.  The equipment is extensive.  Along with looms, the video shows industrial wool carders.  You can see their yarn spinning machines at rest on the company's promotional video on Vimeo here,

About The Mill from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. on Vimeo.

and in motion on another news report embedded in the mill's blog.

There are good still shots and captions that show processing on their equipment in the "Lost Art of Wool" slideshow at  The mill's website states it is "one of the only mills left in our country fully integrated to produce product from start to finish under one roof."

The report underscores the importance of retaining skilled workers with experience and listening to old timers.  The new owners acknowledge they are depending on former employees, one of which is past retirement age.

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