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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.”

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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.