The Frankenmuth Woolen Mill was established by Franz Ranke at 570 S. Main Street, Frankenmuth, Michigan. The woolen mill used locally grown wool to make socks, mitts, quilts, blankets and wool batting.
Patriotic duty called when the U.S Government contracted with the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill to make 66,000 pairs of wool socks for the doughboys in Europe, outfitting the men who helped win the first World War.
Construction started for a new retail store in front of the original mill. This move was to keep pace with Frankenmuth’s growing tourist trade and diversify the company’s earnings.
For only the third time in 83 years the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill has new owners as Gary and Carol McClellan purchase the mill.
The Frankenmuth Woolen Mill changes hands as Abby Curtis becomes its 4th owner.
Matt Curtis joins his wife Abby at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill as a wholesale division is created. The new division is an instant success as the mill is contracted to produce over a half million dollars of wool bedding in its first year.
Abby and Matt Curtis purchase the land and building that houses the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill making them the owners of Michigan’s oldest woolen mill. The same year, the Mill’s online store, www.wool-bedding went live and changed the trajectory of the business.
The Frankenmuth Woolen Mill enters into an agreement to purchase wool from transparent, equitable supply chains through Fibershed. This ensures that the wool used in the mills bedding is part of the Climate Beneficial Wool Pipeline and is all natural and sourced in the USA.