Officials with Chrysalis, the parent company of the new owners, Pipeline MMI LLC, say they plan to operate, not liquidate, the company. The company will operate under the name of Polartec LLC although Pipeline will own the name, Malden Mills and “use it where appropriate”.
Malden Mills, a 101 year old firm, manufactures knitted polyester fabrics to manufacturer’s specifications and sells the mill ends through it’s online store to consumers. Now you can go to Polar Tec’s online store: http://www.milldirecttextiles.com/ The company, located in Lawrence, MA, has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is being sold to Pipeline MMI LLC, a newly created affilliate of Chrysalis Capital Partners LLC, as the only bidder upon sale of assets. It was thought that Gordon Brothers Group would buy the assets for $44,000,000 but apparently they dropped out. Chrysalis has entered into an agreement with the union concerning vacation, health and union dues.
No matter how wonderful polartec fleece is I hope that doesn’t mean that the new owners will stop making the other wonderful MM powerdry and the various forms of Windpro.
Four years ago this early spring I was able to go to a now-closed Malden Mills outlet in Seattle, Washington, and spend hours with the staff, pouring over the technical manuals and learning about the different fabrics that Mill creates for high end manufacturers. It was during that visit that the custom color silk weight powerdry coop purchase was conceived. Thousands of yards of this dark beige fabric were sold in two days time and many hours were spent getting this fabric ordered, paid for and delivered to hundreds of coop buyers.
I spent hundreds of hours online trying to keep the puchase on track. This work netted me the grand total of $0 as was the nature of this co-oping venture. I was able to buy 35 yards of the fabric at cost plus shipping, the same deal available to all the buyers involved in this group purchase.
Georgene and I worked on trying to mimick a color first produced by Georgio di Sant’Angelo but the color didn’t translate well from the original nylon into the MM polyester. We intended that it be a good color for lingerie and underlining the popular see-through fabrics of the times. Many people loved the color and found it a great fabric for underlining lace dresses and such, but some very fair skinned people hated the color. Just goes to show you can’t please everyone.
All I can say is that I will never work that hard for free again! But I’m very glad I did it once. I continue to enjoy working with the fabric and using it for linings, underwear and basic tees.
Using software purchased with my Designer 1 I combined a couple of embroidery designs to create the Scottish thistle surrounded by bows for the front yoke. The design is backed with light weight tear away stabilizer and even though the photo shows the embroidery as rather lumpy, it actually lies flat and looks as perfect as the day it was stitched.
This medium weight pointelle loved being lettuced by my industrial Merrow Overlocker MG-2DNR-1 with 2 threads running through the looper
A very similar stitch can be accomplished using a regular serger. This fabric, stretched during the stitching, produces a very nice lettuced edge.
This medium weight fabric has definitely worth my sewing time and effort as have all my adventures with Malden Mills fabrics.