When Philadelphia was called “The Workshop of the World,” the city’s textile industry was king. By the end of the 19th century 700 companies employing 60,000 men, women and children made everything from carpets to hosiery to suits and dresses. The long decline started as early as 1925, and now, looking at all those boarded up mills in the River Wards, it’s easy to think the industry is extinct. Yet a few companies have managed to survive–and even prosper–none more so than Huntingdon Yarn Mill. Although the company only dates from the late 1930s, it has succeeded thanks to vintage machines that can produce higher quality yarn, and the specialized knowledge of how to run them that’s been passed down through generations of workers. Theresa Stigale and Peter Woodall toured the plant and spoke with owners Majid and Fay Jaraha about what it takes to keep a family owned business alive in a shrinking market.
At Huntingdon yarn mill/ Made in America Yarns we make all types of novelty yarns using natural fibers like silk, linen, and rayon, all yarns are spun, twisted, and dyed right here in Philadelphia. Please visit our website HYMill.com to get more familiar with our facilities.