Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Blankets, baseball, and Our Backyard

March 30, 2016 by chris

The nation’s largest manufacturer of wool blankets has been doing business in Our Backyard since 1937. The Brickle Group’s family of Woonsocket factories makes yarn for baseballs, blankets for summer camps and disaster relief organizations and fabric for uniforms. Its clients include Major League Baseball, the U.S. Army, and the National Park Service.

“Our longevity is a testament to our ability to evolve and innovate,” says Max Brickle, the third-generation president and CEO. “We have the latest non-woven equipment available. Consistency and quality are ensured by our investment in advanced control instruments.”

Wool is a timeless fabric for clothing and blankets. It naturally regulates temperature because it breathes in hot weather and insulates in cold. But, working from more than a half a million square feet of warehouse and factory space, the Brickle Group doesn’t stand on its laurels. It has moved into non-woven fiberglass blends and moldable felts as well as the next generation of lightweight insulating material for the automotive, oil, and green-energy industry.

“We have pursued a goal of cutting edge improvements in needle-punch industrial fabrics. Because of our ability to work across a wide range of fibers and finish specification requirements, we stand out from our competitors,” Brickle says.