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Page 8A-THE HERALD, Provo, Utah Sunday, March 19,1972 OEt VfY^^*. Alt-J ***J* VJ *U»-f} * f w > vj v •*«•• — ^ i _-,... Textile Industry—From Woolen Mills In 1869, To Seven Clothing Plants Today By JOSEPHINE ZIMMERMAN Utah County's textile industry extends back to 1869, when the old Timpanogos Manufacturing was founded, later to be known as the Provo Woolen Mills. Since then, Utah County has continued to be a center of the textile industry, with seven companies operating at present. Oldest company is Barbizon of Utah, which manufactures lingerie. The Provo plant now employes between 400 and 500 people. Utah Sportswear, located in Spanish Fork, manufactures ladies' blouses, children's wear arid men's jackets. Established 11 years ago, the company markets its material through Sears, Catalina Sportswear, and J. C. Penney Co. About 120 people are employed there. Also located in Spanish Fork is Jeneal Manufacturing, which makes women's sportswear, primarily for Fritzi of California. The company employs employs around 200 persons. Manufacturing children's clothing is JoLene, a Provo company which dates back to 1951. This company has experienced experienced considerable growth over the years and now employs around 100 people marketing at Sears and J. C. Penneys. A new textile company is Mini World, now located in the Signetics building in Orem. Employing 38 people, the company manufactures infant wear, dresses, and christening outfits for infants. The company anticipates a 500 percent increase increase in business during the coming year from orders received. In Pleasant Grove, Bayly Manufacturing Company produces men's trousers for J. C. Penneys. This company also anticipates a large expansion during the coming year. Pyke Manufacturing Co. in Lehi produces women's slacks for J. C. Penneys. In operation since 1961, the company em- ployes around 50 people. One Word Description of Barbizon—Unique If one were to search for a single word to express both the character of The Barbizon Corporation and its role in the industry, that word would be: Unique. Where Barbizon is unique is in its structure, in the position it holds in the lingerie industry, and in the influence it has had on that industry in the 55 years of its existence. Barbizon is the leading producer of woven lingerie in the United States today. It is also the only one in its field to weave its own fabrics. Industry Maverick Some observers have called Barbizon the maverick of the industry. Others have noted that the standard Barbizon sets with its products has become the standard of quality in the industry. industry. Both statements are true. If Barbizon fs a maverick, it is simply because of the company's single-minded MRS. JEN BURNINGHAM, personnel director and chief supervisor at Barbizon, standing, observes Alice Griffiths at work. Bayly is Growing Establishment One of the pleasant problems facing the Bayly manufacturing plant in Pleasant Grove these days is where to put everything. For instance, during recent expansion at the plant a new section of the cutting department department had to be put in an area that used to be part of the warehouse and shipping department. This caused a problem for {he warehouse people because they were now required to handle more items in far less space. This doesn't even consider the extra problems of where to put' the extra sewing machines and the girls that will run them. Recent Expansion In all the Pleasant Grove plant has had to expand from 250 to over 300 workers in recent months. The original factory was only 15,000 square feet. That was in 1962. The next year the factory had to be expanded to 39,000 square feet. In 1966 a 17,500 square foot warehouse was added to bring the factory to its present 56,500 square foot size. The parent company was organized in 1897, but was not incorprated until 1900 when it took the name Bayly-Underhill. The name was changed in 1942 to its existing Bayly Manufacturing Manufacturing Company. Penney Outlet About this same time, 1902, J.C. Penney opened his first store at Bremmerer, Wyo. It was at this time that Mr. Penney made his first purchase of overalls from Bayly Manufacturing. Since that time there has been a close relationship between the -two firms. But today the fashions have changed even though the relations have not. The company manufactures over 10 million garments in factories at Yakima, Wash.; Sanger and Visalia, Calif.; Greeley, Colo., and Pleasant Grove. pursuit of excellence over the years. In 1917, when Gerald and George Ritter and Harry Garfinkel Garfinkel joined forces to start a business for the manufacturing of silk lingerie, the risks were evident. Each year saw dozens of similar ventures founder. Big Growth The young firm of Garfinkel and Ritter operated in a New York loft with 12 sewing machines. By the end of its first year, the company founded on a combined capital of $7,500 had done a volume of $125,000. In 1929, they rented a small plant and, under the name of Jaunty Silk Co., Inc. began to weave their own silk. This marked the start of Barbizon's comprehensive weaving, dyeing and finishing operation known today as Jaunty Fabric Corporation. Corporation. They continued expanding their operations with plants in Paterson, N.J. and Jessup, Penn. Extend to Provo Then in 1946 they extended their operation to Provo, Utah "enting space in the P.E. Ashton juilding. Here production began with one . sewing machine operator. A few years saw them outgrow the P.E. Ashton building and in 1952 built their present plant at 150 W. 1230 N. in Provo where more than 400 people are employed today. Barbizon garments are sold in every major town in the United States, and in virtually every country from Sweden to Japan serving 3600 customers. Exceeds Hopes Under the leadership of Gerald Jay Ritter, youngest of Barbizons founders and its president since 1939, the company company has grown and changed beyond the fondest hopes of the three young men in 1917. In its first 55 years, Barbizon faced war, depression, and revolutions in technology and living — and found in them incentives incentives to growth. As the company grew and took shape, it was often in unexpected ways, and with unexpected results. Yet with continuity of management, management, one thing has remained remained constant: Its founders' founders' dedication to excellence. With this heritage, Barbizon today is ready to meet the challenges of the future with the same dedication — and the same resiliency. THIS IS BARBIZON OF PROVO, a beautiful building always operated long ago on the Second West mlllrace near there, beautifully landscaped and one of the show spots of Utah Barbizon, was the first of the modern textile plants to be Valley from the standpoint of a manufacturing plant. Right established In Utah County, coming to Provo in 1946. foreground is monument on property to old mill which INTERIOR VIEW OF BARBIZON shows mass production facilities of plant. Together we can get it done in 72

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  2. 19 Mar 1972, Sun,
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