Looking Back: Western Knitting Mills

Rochester Post | Published August 3, 2016

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Workers create khaki green gloves during World War I at Western Knitting Mills on Water Street. The former knitting mill currently holds the Rochester Mills Beer Co. The building was constructed in 1896, and in its heyday it served as one of the largest glove producers in the world — producing 100,000 dozen pairs of gloves annually until 1939.

From 1940 until 1998, the building served as home to several businesses, including McAleer Manufacturing during World War II, the largest producer of photo flash bombs in the country.

 

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