Meet Our Makers: NEW ENGLAND SHIRT COMPANY
Once upon a time in New England the textile industry was a major economic force. Raw cotton could be easily shipped in from the southern states, plenty of new immigrants provided a ready workforce, and there was a big demand for high-quality printed cotton fabrics. Seeing the possibilities entrepreneurial types got busy building mills to produce fabrics and factories to make clothing from them.
Before long, Fall River, Massachusetts, where our story takes place, became a boom town employing over 30,000 workers in more than 100 mills at its peak.
But times change and manufacturers have to move their production to places where it can be done more cheaply in order to stay competitive. So, one-by-one, the mills and factories shut down and the textile industry withered sadly away.
Our friends at New England Shirt Company, though, have a better idea and they have acted on it. Having bought a 200-year-old shirt factory that has been in continuous operation for 75 years they are putting local people to work making shirts that "pay homage to the New England tradition" and proudly building a niche market for the Made in New England label.
Let's help them do that.