Rick Lotuff is a third-generation manufacturer whose first claim to fame was starting the Berkshire Blanket Company in 1993 when he was 21 years old. He has high hopes that his second claim to fame will be reawakening an industry that once thrived in an historic New England town.
In September 2012, Lotuff launched American Blanket Company in Fall River, Mass., and has so far hired five of the town’s talented textile cutters and sewers. “Our goal is to build the best product we can, incorporating an American workforce and getting people back to work in a city that has seen a lot of difficulty,” Lotuff says.
The labels on every kind of fabric-based product in your home offer evidence that running a textile business in the U.S. in 2013 is not common. Lotuff says market forces ultimately pushed manufacturing for his first company offshore (he sold Berkshire in 2006), and it wasn’t easy to establish a new business offering an American-made product.
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