Woolrichs history runs parallel to Americas own history, alongside the endless train tracks that were built in Pennsylvania in the 19th century. In 1830, John Rich established his first wool factory. Towards the end of the 19th century the demand for labor to build steam engines and rail cars demanded more workers, and the growing labour force needed clothing to keep them comfortable and well protected against harsh weather conditions. It was enough to make the wheels of commerce turn including the spinning wheels at the John Rich Woolen Mill. For the first half of the 19th century, the Woolrich wool factory produced both finished garments and unfinished fabrics. In 1930, Woolrich celebrated its first centenary : to this day it is a successful company with 260 employees.