Hathaway Mills

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Hathaway Mills, New Bedford, Massachusetts. This mill was originally built by Dartmouth Mfg. Co.
Hathaway Mills, Harbor Street side

The Hathaway Manufacturing Company was a producer of cotton textiles founded in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1888 by Horatio Hathaway, a China trader and whaler in the Pacific.


By 1917, the Hathaway Mills had grown to contain 108,000 ring and mule spindles and 3,400 looms [1] for the production of fine cotton goods, for which the humid seaside location of New Bedford was well suited.

In 1955, Hathaway merged with Berkshire Fine Spinning Associates of Adams, Massachusetts, and became known as Berkshire Hathaway.

By the 1960s, Berkshire Hathaway had declined to seven plants and 6,000 employees, but still annually produced one quarter of a billion yards of material that sold for more than $60 million. The assets, and a sizable amount of cash on the balance sheet, caught the eye of Warren Buffett, an up-and-coming but little-known investor from Omaha, Nebraska.

Through his Buffett Partnership Limited investment firm Buffett started buying stock in Berkshire at $7.60 a share. He eventually paid an average of $14.86 a share, or a total of $14 million, and took control of the company on May 10, 1965.[2]

In 1985, the last textile operations were shut down. A portion of the mills, including the former office building, were torn down on January 14, 2014.[3]

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  1. ^ Official American Textile Directory, 1917, Bragdon, Lord & Nagle Co., New York, publishers
  2. ^ "Providence Journal Article July 10, 2006". Archived from the original on September 19, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2008.
  3. ^ Steve, DeCosta (January 14, 2014). "Historic Berkshire Hathaway mill is torn down". SouthCoast Today. Retrieved January 14, 2014.