Textile Machine Works employee H. BrownThe Wyomissing Foundation of today owes much to many remarkable people and noteworthy accomplishments of the past.

The Foundation was established in 1927 by Ferdinand Thun, Henry Janssen, and Gustav Oberlaender, who operated Textile Machine Works, Berkshire Knitting Mills, and Narrow Fabric Company, collectively called Wyomissing Industries. That vast business enterprise employed 9,000 workers in its heyday and was home to the largest full-fashioned stocking mill in the world.

Read a short biography of founder Ferdinand Thun by George H. Edmonds.

Enjoy the story of Wyomissing Industries by Mark A. Vaught.

Female EmployeeLooking into the archives of Wyomissing Industries provides an intimate glimpse into the inner workings of a major participant in the commercial and civic life of Wyomissing and Berks County, Pennsylvania, during the first half of the twentieth century.

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You are invited to explore the history of a great venture, enjoy curiosities of a bygone era, and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich heritage of The Wyomissing Foundation. 

The Yarn Carrier MastheadIn April 1931 Wyomissing Industries began publishing The Yarn Carrier, a magazine designed to improve communication among the organization’s companies, departments, and employees.

For more than 25 years the publication served as the premier source of news about company facilities, products, and events. In addition, employees turned to The Yarn Carrier to see photos of co-workers at work and at play, read notices of marriages, work anniversaries, promotions, and retirements, and to enjoy a joke or humorous story.

Discover some featured content from The Yarn Carrier.