Blending Old and New

Blending Old and New (HM27TP)

Location: Lowell, MA 01854 Middlesex County
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N 42° 38.958', W 71° 18.981'

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Wannalancit Mills blended the old with the new. Formed in the late 1920s, Wannalancit moved into the aging Suffolk Mills two decades later and adapted surplus machinery for the production of new types of fabrics—rayon, polyester, and acrylic.
In the 1970s owner Ted Larter looked in new places for skilled employees. He needed mechanics familiar with the old looms he bought from closing factories. Faced with a local workforce less interested in millwork, Larter recruited workers from Columbia where shuttle looms continued in use. This strategy allowed Larter to keep the Wannalancit in operation until the early 1980s, decades longer than most of Lowell's textile makers.
Today, this old structure has been converted to new uses as offices, classrooms, and a museum.
[Photo captions read]
· A Columbian textile worker (left) formerly employed at the Wannalancit Mills.
· Lionel Turcotte, a longtime employee at the Wannalancit Mills (right), shown here with a shuttle loom during the final weeks of the mill's operation.
HM NumberHM27TP
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 310123 N 4724472
Decimal Degrees42.64930000, -71.31635000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 38.958', W 71° 18.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 38' 57.48" N, 71° 18' 58.86" W
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Area Code(s)978
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600 Suffolk St, Lowell MA 01854, US
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