Malden Mills Industries, Inc. was founded in 1906 in the town of Malden, Massachusetts. The company, originally named Malden Knitting, produced wool sweaters and bathing suits and later expanded to include uniforms to fulfill U.S. military contracts through World War II. After the war, in addition to wool, the company began to develop man-made fiber capabilities to respond to shifting post-war markets. In 1956 the company relocated to Lawrence, Massachusetts and expanded operations to include dying, printing and fabric finishing. In 1979 Malden Mills introduced its first branded synthetic apparel fabric, Polarfleece.Throughout the 1980's the Polarfleece® line expanded to include a range of weights, shearling and velour finishes, and DWR styles (durable water repellency) for enhanced outerwear performance.
The creation of Polarfleece® revolutionized the way the world dresses for cold weather and today most consumers own multiple garments in this category and depend on them on a daily basis. Polarfleece® was a major textile innovation recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most important inventions in the 20th century. In 1991, building on the incredible success of Polarfleece®, Malden Mills introduced the Polartec® collection of performance textiles. Today, there are over 400 different styles of Polartec®, and in 2007 the company's named changed from Malden Mills to Polartec LLC.
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Polartec® Product Timeline
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