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Wayne Knitting Mills 1930

By Michael Summers


Fort Wayne Reader


Wayne Knitting Mills at West Main Street and Growth Avenue, known as Knitters’ Row, was another large employer in the early part of the century, employing up to 2,500. As early as the 1920s, most of its employees were female, and the company’s buildings included a dormitory for female workers who had come from rural areas and small towns. Wayne Knitting Mills’ union was the first to organize under the new National Labor Relations Board in 1935 in an election that grew out of a strike that had been called in June of that year.

Excerpt from Allen County History Book manuscript , essay “Fort Wayne in the Depression”

Photo courtesy of The History Center/Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
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