At least you were able to find Malden Mills. I suspect locals will keep calling the place by that name for a long time.
Malden Mills suffered a horrendous fire around 10 years ago. Although the place was closed, the owner kept most of his employees on the payroll for the many months until the operations could start back up. The company never really recovered financially. Many people find that while the Polartec line is imitated, the knock-offs rarely match the quality of the genuine Malden Mills products.
People here have a great deal of respect for the former owner, Aaron Fuhrenstein. (OK, this is an approximation of his last name. People love him by whatever spelling!)
Here's a news flash! What CamperMom said, PLUS, the story needs to be told by a woman I met earlier this year, regarding Malden Mills, Judy Barlow.
Judy used to work for Aaron F' at M'Mills, and her and a few of her co-workers banded together and attempted to save Malden Mills, but it was'nt to be. A company, Polartec LLC bought the name. I was a very good customer of Aaron's and visited Malden Mills many times when I resided in CT. Amazingly nice workplace environment <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" /> then.
Anyhoo, I think folks here especially home sewer types need to know how to reach Judy to purchase the genuine article....The ex- employees company is now called:
'MILL DIRECT TEXTILES' 15 Union Street, Lawrence MA 01840, This is THE actual old building of the Malden Mills Retail Store <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> (978) 686-7700 (ext 226 is Judy's personal extension <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />) www.milldirecttextiles.com
is the yardage place for now <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
Polartec products, WHOLESALE SALES for those like Pennys who should get in touch with Judy <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
They sell yardage to medium sized businesses as well as home crafters, full rolls or cut yardage of TOP QUALITY fleece at VERY competitive prices!! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />
MD textiles is now producing a nice line of Polartec clothing and items.....I should know, I have a great vest sewn by them <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> under their new label, 'It's the Right Thing To Do', AF - Studios.com....in HONOR of Aaron who was the best owner/boss you could work for in the employees eyes. Now THAT is a tribute to one's previous boss! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
Now CamperMom get yer' fanny on down there and meet Judy, heck it's right around the corner from yer' place <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />
How DOES Earthling know these things <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />