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From left, Bemidji Woolen Mills President Bill Batchelder; Japanese businessmen Yoshi Okita and Hiro Hasata of the Yoshi Trading Company clothing distributors; and Bemidji Woolen Mills Vice President Bob Batchelder examine bolts of woolen material at the manufacturing center in the Bemidji Industrial Park. The Bemidji Woolen Mills will move the manufacturing back to the downtown facility as a restructuring strategy. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Bemidji Woolen Mills: Manufacturing unit to move back downtown

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BEMIDJI - A family textile production company that originated in 1920 in downtown Bemidji will return to its roots.

The Bemidji Woolen Mills, which expanded the manufacturing unit to the Bemidji Industrial Park about seven years ago, will now move the sewing and knitting units back to the original site at 301 Irvine Ave. N.W. The decision to downsize was prompted by financial constraints, said company President Bill Batchelder.

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