These days, finding a high-quality fleece blanket isn't easy. Most blankets will shed or pill after the first wash cycle. American Blanket Company is proud to present our premium quality, non-shedding, non-pilling, ultra soft blankets!
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I started this company because no one was making "the best fleece blanket", and I wanted one of those. So we sourced the best global materials and began manufacturing them right here in in Fall River, Massachusetts.
In the fall of 1964, my father bought a small garment maker in an old mill on the banks of the Ware River in Ware, Massachusetts, and for the better part of the next thirty years, he produced women's clothing under his own name while contracting for some of the industry's better brands. Dad was making some of the finest women's apparel made in the USA.
Growing up, I spent countless afternoons in that factory. As a boy, I swept the floors around sewing machines and cutting tables strewn with thread and fabric cuttings, all for a piece of candy from the women at the sewing machines. Eventually, I worked my way up to spreader in the cutting department, learning the essentials of quality fabrics and construction.
But by the mid-1980's, much of the higher-volume apparel production was being sent overseas, and Dad's shop would soon close.
A few years later, I started a small contract cutting company of my own and In 1993, a fleece fabric came into the shop to be made into a pullover top. My sister asked if she could cut some of the fabric to give as a blanket to her boyfriend. Big idea.
I cut a fleece throw sample and arranged a meeting at a large retailer in Massachusetts. The buyer purchased 3,600 pieces right then and there, and Berkshire Blanket was born.
With my brother, sister, an old family friend and countless committed employees, we ran a company built on quality, pride, thoughtfulness and respect. Our small shop grew from its 3,000-square-foot location on the 4th floor of Dad's mill to more than 250,000 square feet of production and warehouse space in five different mill buildings in Ware, Massachusetts. By the year 2000, we had over 150 employees and produced blankets for seven of the top ten retailers in the country.
Once again however, we were faced with the dilemma of lesser-priced import products taking our spot in the life cycle of a family business. This time, we found some skilled, careful and considerate partners in Asia, who helped us continue to grow Berkshire Blanket to what it is today, and in 2006, Berkshire Blanket was sold to great partners who continue to run the much beloved brand to this day.
At American Blanket Company we launched with a goal of making as many products as possible in America. With a small group of committed artists and craftspeople in our shop in Fall River, Massachusetts we make the finest home textile products available anywhere. We hope you'll consider us next time you need a premium quality product for your bedding and home textiles needs.