For the first half of the 20th Century, the American Woolen Company dominated the woolen textile industry in New England. During that time, American Woolen Company’s mills in Winooski became the largest employer in Vermont, until closing doors in 1954.
In this Vermont Technology Alliance “Lunch and Learn,” Jacob Long, investment banker and CEO of American Woolen Company, Stafford Springs, CT., will share how he has brought this historic company back to life. American Woolen’s business model echoes the maker movement approach of small-batch production that is transforming America’s manufacturing ecosystem. Highlights include re-purposing historic buildings, rebranding “Made in America” as top-quality craftsmanship, and the importance of supply chain collaboration.