Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

Reborn Minnesota brand: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.

  • May 11, 2012 - 4:06 PM

Once headed for oblivion, the iconic Faribo brand is once again showing up on blankets, throws and scarves produced at the historic mill that reopened last year. Closed since 2009, the mill was deserted and its looms were tagged and ready to be carted out the door when Edina businessmen Chuck and Paul Mooty bought it last year. They had no experience in the textile business but figured there was still power in the Faribo name. The company, after all, started in 1865 making blankets for Civil War soldiers. Now luxury stalwarts like the Waldorf Astoria and Windstar Cruises have Faribo blankets on their beds. The mill recently won another big order from J.C. Penney.

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