Minnesota’s representative at the White House “Made in America” showcase was one of the state’s oldest businesses: Faribault Woolen Mill Co.
The company, which started making wool blankets in Faribault at the end of the Civil War, filled a table with its military blankets and other products during the event Monday.
It posted a photo of chief executive Tom Kileen and Mary Boudreau, who has worked at the mill for 63 years, on Facebook.
The company was selected to represent Minnesota for the showcase President Trump hosted that featured items from businesses in each state. The White House declared this week “Made in America Week.”
“When we purchase products made in the U.S.A., the profits stay here, the revenue stays here, and the jobs, maybe most importantly of all, they stay right here in the U.S.A.,” Trump said in prepared remarks at the event.
Faribault Woolen Mill makes blankets, throws, scarves and other woolen products. It’s one of only a few full-process woolen mills in the country that still make textiles from raw wool.
The business shut down in 2009 but was revived by new owners in 2011.