Faribault Woolen Mill reopens; Gov. Dayton to visit 15 Sep 11

An Italian specialist works on a machine inside the Faribault Woolen Mill. (Photo courtesy of Faribault Daily News)

Just in time for today’s chilly temperatures, the Faribault Woolen Mill company will hold a ribbon cutting to launch a new era of blanket production.

After two years of silence, the historic Faribault Woolen Mills is back in operation under new ownership. At today’s re-opening event, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the master of ceremonies and Governor Mark Dayton will make an appearance.

The company was bought by cousins and businessmen Chuck and Paul Mooty in early June, and after a cleaning, renovating and improvement campaign, the Mootys began hiring back former employees. The mill is currently in a sample production run of its basic revival blanket.

Program note: Faribault Woolen Mills will hold a Grand Re-Opening for the public on Saturday morning. We’ll be handing out prizes and broadcasting live from 10-noon on Oldies 95.5.