Battenkill Fibers Named 2015 Washington County Small Business of the Year

The mill was recognized at the Dec. 4, 2015 awards luncheon for creating jobs in the county, providing a service to the Upper Hudson Fibershed farmers and yarn companies, and for many contributions to the community including serving as a tourism destination and sponsor of the annual Fiber Festival.

Fiber facility a friend to farmers

Mary Jeanne Packer, owner of Battenkill Valley Fibers, intended to change the way farmers with fleeces do business in the region. What she didn’t plan on was a path to her goal that was itself life-changing. “I’d seen fleeces stacked to the rafters in barns, so I knew there were farmers out there who would be interested in talking to me. Battenkill Fibers would mean a lot for farmers who had not had a market for selling their fleeces,” Packer said. The full story appeared in May 2011 on the New York Farm Bureau website.

Battenkill Fibers provides local venue for processing fiber

Before the wholesale loss to overseas manufacturing, upstate New York had a thriving textile industry, with mills lining the region’s rivers and tributaries. With the recent renewed interest in local goods and products, area farmers now have a local venue for processing fiber from shorn sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. “At one point, there were 13 fiber mills located between the Battenkill’s mouth with the Hudson and East Greenwich,” said Mary Jeanne Packer. Now, there is only one — Packer’s recently opened Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill, located at 2532 State Route 40 in the town of Greenwich. Read full story in Bennington (VT) Banner on-line.

Mary Jeanne Packer Finds Opportunity For Business In A Traditional Niche Industry

Mary Jeanne Packer in mill.

Most people don’t put much thought into where yarn is produced, but Mary Jeanne Packer of Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill hopes to change that. The mill, which operates out of Greenwich, processes wool and other fibers from farmers across nearly 500 miles, and serves as a supplier to yarn retailers across the country. Packer had aspirations of owning a yarn mill ever since she’d visited Green Mountain Spinnery in Putney, Vt., in 1982, but wasn’t able to make it a reality until 2009… Read the full story at the Glens Falls Business Journal.

Battenkill Fibers hopes for growth in Greenwich

Can-coiled pin drafted roving.

Mary Jeanne Packer knows her business is a study in what can go wrong with a startup venture. “It’s everything you learn in business school playing out for you in Greenwich, N.Y.,” Packer said this week, during a tour of Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill on Route 29. The business employs 12 in the manufacture of a variety of wools for both farmers and the commercial yarn industry, and it is still struggling through the aftermath of a June 27, 2010, fire that destroyed much of its machinery and all of its wool stock… Read the full story at The Post Star.