70+ years in textiles, and counting.
Grew up in Putnam, a textile mill town on the Quinebaug river in northeast Ct.
At the start of the industrial revolution,(for New England that was the start of the textile industry
in 1790 with Slater and his cotton yarn mill in Pawtucket RI and then Lowell with the first powered loom
at Waltham) the colonial era mills needed rivers and streams to turn the water wheels that powered the mills. And New England had an abundance of them. Every town and village that had a stream with enough flow to turn a Wheel had a mill. Mills of all sizes were started.
From my earliest memories in the 1930’s as a child, I recalled daily the hum of the spinning frames, and the symphony of the looms and together with the mill bells and the train whistles was what I grew up with. That was my life.
At 14 I had my first job in the Mill. My older brother was just discharged from the army after the second world war and he took a job weaving in a friends small family owned woolen mill. They needed a Jack Spool winder to wind bobbins for the C and K woolen looms. I was on summer vacation so I was elected.
I took part time jobs through high school and during the summers in various local mills from woolen, cotton to synthetic. I learned to start warps in a fancy woolen mill Re: read drafts, build fancy pattern chains(28s pick and pick C & K looms), laying out yarn blends for color match, etc., and then on graduation in 1948 went full time in the mill. Went into the army when Korea came on..
On discharge I returned to the mill and decided I wanted to make a career of it. I enrolled at the Rhode Island School of Design full time days in the textile engineering program and for the first two years I wove nights in a Linen upholstery mill. The last 2 years nights as understudy for the mill designer of a men’s and women’s wear worsted mill.
On graduation from RISD with a BS TexEng, 1958, I went with Milliken Inc.(woolen div) Farnsworth mill Lisbon ME as overseer of weaving, 1961 I was promoted and transferred to ass. Plant supt, Hatch mill. Columbus NC.
1965 joined Albany Felt(Albany Int,) as design Eng, Paper Makers felts Albany NY
1970 promoted to manager Product design and quality control and 1974 to production manager, Globe Albany div (Albany Int) Buffalo NY
1976 joined Swiss owned Tetko inc. Swiss Silk weavers and fabricators (screen printing and bolting cloth) as Gen Manager US Mfg. operations Depew NY
1980 Retired from Corp world.
1980 1990 Corp. Consultant, Textile Ind.
1990 to current, TRBeaudet. Sales, service, consultant. New, pre-owned, Handlooms & aux. equip.
Technical consultant -Leclerc Looms
Author and publisher "Textile
Design, Weave Formation"
BS Mech. Eng. Textile major 1958 RISD
Executive training, Harvard Business School 1975
@ Canisius College, Bufalo NY
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We authored and published.
Textile Design, Weave Formation
A two book fabric design structured manual covering step by step instruction for creating a woven fabric starting with
the Basic one warp, one filling(weft) in book 1 to the Compound multiple warp, multiple filling(weft) in Book 2.
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