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The Garabedian family.
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Made in Massachusetts.!!!
American Made Heroes!
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Thorndike Mills   ... a truly American Made Hero Company.

A note from the Garabedian family -- "Our Father's and Grandfather's life truly captured the essence of attaining the 'American Dream,' and we work hard to preserve his values. With every rug that leaves our factory, we take pride that it represents the vision he saw for himself when he came here at such a young age. We look forward to making a rug for your home that captures his story of dedication to hard work and perseverance."

After temporarily closing his business during the depression founder Gary Garabedian decided in 1933 to move his small rug weaving business to a small and quaint New England town west of Boston in Thorndike (now Palmer), Mass. After settling his depression debts and with a small savings account, Mr. Garabedian restarted his business as G.M.Garabedian & Co. making Rag Rugs on handlooms after which his business began to take hold.

In the early 90’s, third generation members, Karen and Janice continue to fulfill the legacy of their grandparents, offering new ideas to keep up with styles and trends of today. Their pride continues with the same respect for quality that Thorndike has been known for all these years.! Shop American as 1st Option!! Shop American as 1st Option!!        

In today's difficult economic times for our domestic manufacturers we applaud the Garabedian family for continuing to maintain the family traditions of hard work and focus on quality. Thorndike Mills continues to manufacture their rugs in central Massachusetts proudly employing their fellow Americans as they have for generations. We warmly welcome and applaud the Garabedian family as proud members of American Made!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Gabriel M. Garabedian
Gabriel M. Garabedian, better known to family, friends, and colleagues as “Gary”, fled his homeland of Eastern Turkey, formerly Ancient Armenia, at the young age of 15, during as what has become known as the first Genocide of the twentieth century. Loosing most his family, having only little money, he was faced with choices that a 15 year old should never have to decide. He journeyed as a refugee for over three years, to eventually make his way to America, by way of Ellis Island.

   -- Gabriel M. Garabedian ... an American Made Hero!!
Thorndike Village
Thorndike Village, located in the valley at the falls on the Ware River, was originally settled by the Ferrells, McElwains and Quintons as early as 1732 (familiar names if you perused the Palmer Center cemetery grounds). From 1736 on, there has always been a mill on the river; first a gristmill, then a sawmill and in 1837 the Thorndike Company Textile Mill. Before Israel Thorndike, John S. Wright and Luther Parks began construction of the Number 1 mill, there were few houses in this valley. However the mill brought prosperity to the hamlet along with jobs for 600 workers.

Applauding today's citizen manufacturers.

"Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation ... ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of a national supply. They comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and defense ... The expediency of encouraging manufactures in the United States, which was not long since deemed very questionable, appears at this time to be pretty generally admitted."

Alexander Hamilton ... an American Made Hero.!   American Made Heroes.!!

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