May 4, 1992 |
For Philadelphia native Regina Marucci, the city's knitting mills were always more than just providers of jobs. Not only did the mills put food on the table and pay the bills, they also taught her about hard work, pride and independence, attitudes that pushed her children to graduate from college and helped her survive the death of her husband almost two decades ago. But now, the 77-year-old Marucci, who has made button loops and mended sweaters...
October 24, 1995 |
Deb Shops Inc., seeking to offset losses brought on by flagging interest in women's apparel, has entered the book business, buying Atlantic Book Shops Inc., of Montgomeryville, for $4.7 million in cash. The deal, made Friday, was announced yesterday. Atlantic has distinguished itself from other retailers by selling used books, publishers' overstocks and hard-to-find titles at steep discounts. Founder Martin Simon, now 72, started by selling used books to department stores, and today the chain includes book warehouses in Montgomeryville, Cherry Hill and Dover, Del., and 11 retail stores in resort areas in New Jersey and Delaware.
August 20, 2003 |
During a 35-year career in the apparel industry, Frederick Gillette worked for seven companies before landing at Artex Knitting Mills Inc. eight years ago. Not that he is a job-hopper. "They all went out of business," Gillette said of his previous employers as he slipped a spool of black yarn onto a creel on one of Artex's 100 knitting machines, whose humming fills the South Jersey factory. For Gillette, 61, and many of his colleagues who make up Artex's 90-person unionized workforce, the Westville, Gloucester County, producer of knit hats and scarves has become a refuge.
July 16, 1999 |
The once-booming apparel industry in Philadelphia suffered another in a long series of setbacks with the foreclosure this month of the Good Lad Co. As a result of the July 6 foreclosure, manufacturing of children's clothing by the once-prosperous Kensington firm will stop this fall. The company that had employed as many as 500 union workers will become a distribution center for imported clothing that may hire up to 140 people. "It is too early to predict whether the [new] investor will be able to turn around what had been an ailing business," said a statement released through David S. Lorry, an attorney representing the former owners.
January 1, 1992 |
Employees at the Good Lad Co. probably had a better Christmas than some of their competitors in the area's apparel-manufacturing industry. Besides having a holiday party, the 600 employees at the children's clothing-maker got two weeks off with pay. But perhaps the best gift was the assurance that their jobs would be there when they returned from the holiday: Good Lad will be in business for another year. The 46-year-old company is one of an increasingly small circle of survivors in Philadelphia's apparel industry.
April 22, 2014 |
Red tape? Wayne Mills Co. Inc. thrives on it. Not the torturous-regulation kind, but the thin woven ties behind the expression "cut through the red tape. " Last year, Wayne Mills supplied more than 100,000 yards of it, used mostly in courthouses and law offices to bind official documents. The 104-year-old North Philadelphia weaver of narrow fabrics has had that line of business since the 1940s. Not that this manufacturer of rare longevity is a one-trick loom. Housed in a redbrick complex with Southern yellow pine floors and wood-beam ceilings across the tracks from SEPTA's Wayne Junction station, Wayne Mills exists now - into the sixth generation of its founding family, the Milneses - because, like the yarn it weaves, it has remained pliable.
October 18, 1986 |
A Philadelphia apparel manufacturer has been awarded a $322,768 low- interest loan from a Pennsylvania Department of Commerce-administered fund created to modernize the area's clothing industry. The Leonard Corp., an emblem manufacturer at 321 E. Allegheny Ave., received the money at a 4 percent interest rate last month after Commerce Bank/Pennsylvania lent the company a matching amount at 9 percent, said Frank C. Nuciforo, a spokesman for the Council for Labor and Industry, a quasi- public agency that administers the state loan program locally.
November 19, 1987 |
Albert Nipon has sold his family-held, high-fashion company to the Leslie Fay Cos. in New York for an undisclosed sum, executives of both firms announced late yesterday. John Pomerantz, chairman and chief executive of Leslie Fay, said he is "thrilled" with the acquisition, which "gives us what we've been looking for - entry into the designer business with a new and better level of clothing. " Albert Nipon, who with his wife Pearl, founded the Nipon firm that is headquartered at Broad and Wallace streets, said Nipon will be an autonomous division of Leslie Fay. Local operations and the company's staff of 250 to 300 people here won't be affected, Nipon said.
September 17, 1986 |
Bob Hope, Carol Channing, Sammy Davis Jr. and other celebrities have television spots in which they point with pride to products "Made in the U.S.A. " Here is an unabashed attempt to convince consumers to buy products made at home. The appeal is old-fashioned flag-waving. To my astonishment, there is evidence that it works. A summer survey found that 80 percent of the respondents said they had viewed the commercial, and one-third of these people went on to buy American-made garments.
December 4, 1994 |
The apparel industry is in tatters, undone by foreign imports, by GATT, and by consumers who accept the notion of "dress" blue jeans. A lost cause. So it's perhaps surprising that DuPont Co., the Wilmington chemical giant, is forging into the brave old world of garment-making. "It does sound a little on the bizarre side," said Thom Brown, an analyst who follows DuPont for Rutherford Brown & Catherwood, a Philadelphia securities firm. Long a leader in the development and sale of fibers used in apparel, the company is creating a subsidiary in the West Chester area to manufacture women's sportswear and separates.