Pawtucket and Colonial Mills: A Connection as Tightly Braided as Their Rugs

PAWTUCKET, RI – This week, Colonial Mills and its classic American-made New England braided rugs represent Rhode Island on AOL’s This Built America editorial series.

The art of making braided rugs has been a tradition in New England for centuries. Even during the economic crisis of the 2000s, Colonial Mills owner Don Scarlata knew he couldn’t take production outside of the region. “Our reputation made me continue to focus on being a domestic manufacturer,” explains Scarlata. Some of the ways Colonial Mills is linked to New England and Pawtucket are found in:

· New England’s history of braided rugs-a centuries old practice
· Colonial Mill’s longstanding “Made in America” mantra
· The loyalty to the 80 employees the company sees more as family
· The training the company gives to every employee, previously skilled or not

To see how this, and the importance of Pawtucket, is true visit

Colonial Mills joins a national movement in This Built America that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL is proud to support the effort along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.

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