Keywords: Pepperell Manufacturing Company
Contributed by: Biddeford Mills Museum Date: 1899-05-01 Location: Biddeford Media: text on paper
Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
Once these two mills were established this mill district came to be one of the largest cotton milling facilities in the country. Even when cotton…
They were later bought by Pepperell Manufacturing Company by 1900 and became Laconia Division of the Pepperell Mills.
… Shops, York (Bates) Manufacturing, and Pepperell (WestPoint) Manufacturing, would follow a similar pattern. Exchange Block, 2010.