Revived Mill Keeps Jobs In Town
"People are a little tired of hearing, `We can't do it,'" Paul said. "We can do it. We're going to do it here. And I think that message can hopefully carry over to other industries and get back to manufacturing here (in the U.S.)."
Chuck is less rah-rah when talking about possible manufacturing growth in the United States.
"We bring, hopefully, a competitive price and timeline that says, `You know what, I'm going to support domestic,'" said Mooty, who noted that fuel, labor and shipping costs are more expensive in emerging markets than they used to be. "We bring, hopefully, a competitive price and timeline that says, `You know what, I'm going to support domestic.'"
Supporting the job market is key to many of the 35 people working there, but it’s also a way of life.
Mary Boudreau, 76, worked at the mills for 50 years and came back when it re-opened.
"I'd like to see the place go again," she said as she worked with Jones to set a loom for a new rug pattern. "I started here in 1954, and here I am. "Still here." ?
And so is the Faribault Woolen Mill.
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