Pennsylvania company makes yarn used in 2014 Winter Olympic sweaters

NAZARETH, Pennsylvania (WBRE) -- The hum of machinery can be heard as soon as you step foot in the workshop at Kraemer Textile.

"We deal with customers in all kinds of businesses," said the company's president, David Schmidt. "We handle industrial fabrics, to automotive fabrics, to upholstery fabrics."

They've spun yarns that have been used in national ads by LL Bean and Victoria Secret, but in February you'll see the company's handiwork on the global stage.

"We were thrilled that it was not only going to Ralph Lauren, it was actually going to be used as the sweater for the Opening Games," said Schmidt.

The Nazareth-based family owned mill has been spinning yarn since 1887. They are one of about 40 US companies that have been commissioned by clothing giant Ralph Lauren to help produce Olympic gear for American athletes in Russia.

"Everybody was amazed," said a smiling Schmidt. " Nobody could believe little Kraemer textile in Nazareth was going to compete in something that large on the world stage."

Creating roughly 650 Olympic sweaters is a process that spans several states, and it starts with wool from the Imperial Stock Ranch in Oregon.


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