Historic Faribault mill adds jobs in prep for J.C. Penney contract 27 Mar 12

Business is booming again at the historic Faribault Woolen Mill Co., which re-opened for business just seven months ago after several years with shuttered doors.

The oldest manufacturing entity in the state of Minnesota dating back to 1865 recently landed a national contract with J.C. Penney to produce blankets and throws. The Faribault Woolen Mill CEO Chuck Mooty told the Faribault Daily News they’ve already hired ten people to begin production, and plan to bring in another 20 to 25 in preparation for the workload.

According to Mooty, the contract is thanks to a long-standing relationship with J.C. Penney as well as the retailer’s desire to recreate its image by supporting American manufacturing. The new line is set to hit J.C. Penney stores this fall.