Connecticut Wool Mill Supplying Fabric For New Army Uniform

July 03, 2019 - 3:45 pm

STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. (AP) — A recently reopened mill in Connecticut is helping the military bring back old-school Army uniforms by providing the high-quality woolen fabric used in their manufacture.

American Woolen Company Inc. in Stafford Springs is gearing up to provide high-end wool to make the army green uniforms that will be worn by soldiers and officers, and that echo similar outfits worn by the military more than a half-century ago.

Jacob Harrison Long, chief executive officer of the company, said the idea of the new uniform is to boost morale by harkening back to a time when military men and women were "very well-dressed."

Long said he bought the 19th century mill in 2014 after the previous owner closed down, and has hired back many of the previous owner's workers.