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Polartec® Manufacturing is where the Science of Fabric goes from theory into practice. Whether our factories are producing the newest design solution or our staple synthetic fleece, it's there where you find what sets our fabrics apart and makes Polartec, Polartec.
Processes that are equal parts science, art, and craft transform tons of fiber every day into feats of premium fabric technology.
In Hudson, Massachusetts, Knit Technicians and Machine Operators carry on a generational knitting tradition that began at Malden Mills over a century ago. Their greige is finished at Polartec Tennessee Manufacturing (PTM) in Cleveland, Tennessee, where endless yards of fabric are dyed every color in the spectrum and tested far beyond industry standards.
Polartec Manufacturing is closely knit into every yard of fabric we make.
When you choose Polartec, you add the expertise of the best people in the business, the unique precision of our machines, a century-long knitting tradition, precise finishing practices, and rigorous testing methods to meet our industry-leading standards."
The head, heart, and hands behind Polartec's success. They're craftspeople with the skill of an artisan and the tools of a manufacturer. Their years of experience guide the ship from generation to generation, ensuring the lessons from the past are built upon with an eye to the future.
Part of what separates Polartec from the fray is our decades-old approach to the process of weaving fine fabrics, embodied in these rumbling beasts. Many of these machines have long since gone out of style, but without them, we couldn't produce some of our more intricate patterns.
Polartec fabrics start as fibers when they enter our Hudson factory. This is where it all comes together — and Polartec's bread and butter. Yarn packages are wound onto giant beams, fed into knitting machines, and come out as greige ready for delivery to PTM.
We achieve intricate patterns using machinery that has stood the test of time, guided by the hands of the most skilled twisters and knit techs in the business, with yarns that persistently push the boundaries of technical possibility.
Whether it's circular or flat knit, all Polartec greige comes to PTM for finishing. Our Cleveland factory specializes in three finishing processes: dying, wet finishing (applications that must be done while the fabric is wet like DWR and antimicrobial treatments), and surface finishing (napping, shearing, etc.). Once fabrics are dyed and finished, we test samples from every batch to make sure they're ready for our partners. We set industry standards and then invent the testing methods to consistently reproduce them.
Our finishing processes are tailored to the needs of our partners and the many categories they represent. What's right for the outdoors, won't be for the runway, and our decades of experience ensure we get it right every time.
No Polartec fabric run is shipped to our partners before it's been beat, snagged, ripped, torn, pilled, and set on fire to make sure it meets our industry-leading durability standards. Our inspectors use several methods and machines to test abrasion-resistance, pill-resistance, stretch recovery, and more. When a run is found to be suspect, re-inspectors work closely with plant managers to fix the issue or reject the run.
In short, the Inspection Department is charged with ensuring every yard of fabric PTM ships to our partners is first quality — and they're really, really good at it.