American Blanket Company
The American Blanket company was founded in 2012 by Rick Lotuff who grew up hanging out in his fathers garment mill on the banks of the Ware River in Ware, Massachusetts. His father produced women’s clothing under his own name while also contracting work for other name brands. At the age of eight Rick would “sweep the floors around sewing machines and cutting tables strewn with thread and fabric cuttings, all for a piece of candy from the women at the sewing machines”. Over the course of the years he learned all about quality fabrics and their construction.
Unfortunately with the 1980’s came the emergence of apparel production being sent overseas and his fathers factory closed down. But that didn’t hinder Rick from opening his own contract cutting shop in the 1990’s. His introduction to fleece blankets began in 1993 from a request for some fleece fabric to be made into a pullover top. His sister took the remnants to be given as a blanket for her boyfriend and it was at this point that the idea formed to create fleece blankets. Over the course of the years the company grew into a 250,000 square foot production and warehouse space but once again in 2000 they were faced with the issue of imported products making business difficult. Eventually he did sell his business.
However forging forward, he has made a comeback in the fleece market with the help of a small group of artists and craftsmen in Fall River, Massachusetts which is now The American Blanket Company. They make fleece blankets and throws, fleece baby blankets and fleece pet bedding along with the ability to personalize the blankets with monogramming or a special message.
They employ eight American workers and they truly love making blankets. They design, cut, sew, package and ship their blankets from Fall River, where they can keep close tabs on all aspects of the production process. They believe they have the best blankets on the market, which is why they guarantee their blankets for life. They use 288-filament yarn as compared to many of their competitors who use 144-filament, which helps to make blankets soft and plush. They also have increased the weight of the base fabric as compared to other companies.
American Blanket company also has a great “Fleece Blankets 101” page on their website where you can lean more about what makes fleece shed, or how to pick the best summer weight fleece blanket. In fact I’ve always wondered why fleece pills and it turns out it has a lot to do with overlooked steps in fleece brushing and shearing (see below)
You can learn more about the American Blanket Company at www.americanblanketcompany.com.
Fun facts straight from the companies "Fleece Blankets 101".