1830: The first Woolrich woolen mill is set up in Plum Run, Pa. Founder John Rich travels to logging camps selling fabric, socks and other sundries from a mule cart.
1845: Woolrich Mill moves to what is now Woolrich, Pa.
1861-1864: During the Civil War, the company manufactures blankets for Union Army troops.
1880-1885: It produces a full line of wool shirts, breeches, jackets and caps.
1890: Begins making jackets for telegraph lineman and hunters. The company also produces its “Railroad Vest.”
1914: Supplies blankets, stockings and coats to the armed forces in World War I.
1915: Offers women’s wool hosiery and double-front “Mackinaw Coats.”
1925: Introduces its classic hunt coat in heritage plaid.
1926: Designs wool shirts for men.
1927-1930: Introduces all wool bathing suits, beach robes, union suits and golf knickers.
1928: Acquires Pearce Woolen Mills, a company founded in 1804 in Latrobe, Pa.
1935: Develops “Warden’s Crusier Jacket.”
1939: Outfits Admiral Richard Byrd for three expeditions to Antarctica.
1942-1945: World War II places heavy demand upon Woolrich Mill for blankets, stockings and coats for U.S. armed forces.
1954-1955: Produces men’s and women’s TV jackets, lounging styles for at-home viewing.
1970s: Purchases three down plants to start manufacturing down vests and jackets.
1971: Responds to Earth Shoes and HotPants with tartan “Mad Mod Vests.”
1975: Develops the Arctic Parka specifically for workers on the Alaskan pipeline. The company is named the exclusive U.S. distributor of Hudson’s Bay Point blankets.
1976: Unveils the wool-lined “Mountain Parka.”
1980s: The introduction of such new materials as Gore-Tex, Thinsulate and Cordura enables Woolrich to enhance the performance of wool. The company launches its international business in Canada, Italy and Japan.
1987: Introduces the Shadowbark Camo pattern.
1990-1994: Begins using six-color looms, automated cutting systems, computer-controlled work stations and other new technologies.
1996: Roswell Brayton Jr. is named president and chief financial officer of Woolrich Inc. The company shifts its focus from being a manufacturing-based company to a marketing-driven one.