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Ludlow Textiles - 135 Years And Counting

Ludlow Textiles Co. Inc., founded in Ludlow, Mass., in 1868, has operated continuously for 135 years. In its early days, then-Ludlow Manufacturing Associates employed 5,000 people in 1.5 million square feet of space and was known as the largest jute mill in the world. Prior to World War II, it produced jute gunny sacks and grain bags; cotton baling, twine, webbing and yarn; and linen threads. Ludlow came under its current ownership in 1983. Today, it operates out of one of the original factory buildings as a state-of-the-art facility, manufacturing industrial cords, tapes, threads, twines and yarns. The company was the first industrial thread manufacturer to achieve ISO 9001 registration for its entire process.


Left to right: Martin A. Lower, chairman and CEO; Mark J.Wandzilak, president; Edward T. Stevenson, vice president, administration and international; and Joseph J. John Jr., executive vice president, Ludlow Textiles Co. Inc.

Its research department is involved in improving and developing products made with a wide range of man-made fibers that are braided, cabled, plied, twisted, coated, dyed or otherwise processed to provide various performance attributes; as well as linen cords, threads and yarns; and jute cord and webbing.Our long-standing philosophy of total product support has made Ludlow the preferred supplier of twines, threads, cords, tapes and yarns to nearly 1,000 customers worldwide, said Joseph J. John Jr., executive vice president. Our engineers often partner with customers in research and development, and they really appreciate our willingness to go the extra mile.

January 2004

January 2004