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Visit us at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill!

Welcome to the fascinating world of wool processing at the historic Frankenmuth Woolen Mill! Situated in scenic Frankenmuth, Michigan, this mill has been a cornerstone of the community since its establishment in 1894. Let's take a trip back in time and explore the rich history of wool processing at this iconic institution. 

Ranke & Gruber first owners of Frankenmuth Woolen Mill
The Frankenmuth Woolen Mill was founded by the revered visionary, Franz Ranke, who brought his skills and knowledge of wool processing to Michigan. With a company vision to create quality wool products, the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill quickly gained recognition for its exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Early 1900's photo of the Mill
In its early years, the Mill primarily focused on processing raw wool sourced from local farmers. This involved several labor-intensive steps, including sorting, washing, carding, and spinning the wool fibers. Skilled workers meticulously hand-operated the machinery, ensuring that every step was executed with precision. 
Sock Ladies making socks for Doughboys in Europe

As the demand for wool products increased, so did the Mill's operations. During World War I, the Mill played a crucial role in supporting the war effort by producing high-quality wool socks for the military. This further solidified the Mill's reputation for excellence and durability.

Carding wool into batting

In the following decades, the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill continued to evolve and adapt to changing market demands. While the traditional methods of wool processing have been upheld, the Mill also embraced technology for sales and marketing.

To keep up with growing demand, the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill opened an online store in 2018. Online business boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to thrive today. The Frankenmuth Woolen Mill stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of wool processing.

2023 Employee photo

It continues to be family-owned and operated, with a team of skilled artisans dedicated to preserving the art of wool processing. 

Come and check out the newly expanded Frankenmuth Woolen Mill! Visitors to the mill can witness the fascinating process firsthand, from the initial sorting of the raw wool to the final stages of tying comforters by hand.

Washing Wool   Putting wool into carding machine   John with Wool Batting 

Tying a comforter   Finishing Comforter   Making pillows
The Mill proudly offers a range of high-quality wool products, including throws, pillows, comforters and toppers, all crafted with the same passion and dedication that has defined its history.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, a wool connoisseur, or simply curious about the intricate world of wool processing, a visit to the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill is a must for Michiganders as well as visitors who travel from afar. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this iconic institution and discover the remarkable story behind every product that leaves its doors.

Exterior Main Street


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