America’s oldest continuously operated woolen mill is set to be closed by next week, the end of this year.
Woolrich USA is reportedly cutting corners in order to continue the brand into the future. The brand has been around for almost two centuries.
The announcement of the mill’s closing came down Nov. 1 but is just making national news.
The company reportedly promised its Clinton County, Pa. factory workers at the initial announcement in November that they will aid them in finding jobs elsewhere.
Woolrich’s roots begin from the year 1830, when John Rich founded the company to make fabric for the wives of hunters, loggers and trappers to make clothes and socks for the hard, mountainous terrain of 19th century Pennsylvania.
The signature Woolrich fabric being the classic red and black buffalo-check plaid flannel. The company’s website boasts about its woolen mill’s history and roots.
The new merger would mean the company’s headquarters would move to London, according to reports.