The looms continue weaving in Washougal, Washington, as the mill celebrates 100 years as a key part of Pendleton Woolen Mills’ operations. Running three shifts a day, the mill’s 190 employees keep the dye house, looms and sewing rooms humming to produce the virgin wool fabric used in Pendleton products.
Washougal sits on the banks of the Columbia River at the entry to the scenic Columbia River Gorge. Pendleton was already operating a mill in Pendleton, Oregon, when the company acquired the Washougal mill in 1912. The additional mill gave Pendleton the ability to weave a wider variety of fabrics. Sir Pendleton worsted and Umatilla woolen fabric are both woven in Washougal, as well as fabrics for the women’s line. “The Washougal community helped fund the startup of this mill and has supported Pendleton ever since,” said Charlie Bishop, VP of Mill Operations. In turn, the mill has been a major employer in this small Washington town since it opened.
By now, you might have heard that Pendleton Woolen Mills has co-branded with Shwood, another Oregon-based company, on a limited run of Shwood’s “Canby” frame style.
Jessica Camblin, Pendleton’s Home Division merchandiser, explained that “Shwood approached us two years ago with the idea of working together, and we thought the idea was super-cool.”
Ideas were kicked around, and the plan came together in a pair of frames with laser-engraved temples in our iconic Chief Joseph pattern. They are packaged in a Pendleton wool carrying pouch made especially for Shwood.