Brand & Oppenheimer Co. acquires General Fabrics Co.

PROVIDENCE – Brand & Oppenheimer Co. of Portsmouth, a textile converter, has acquired General Fabrics Co., a wholesale designer, packager and distributor of printed textiles headquartered in Pawtucket, the two companies announced Thursday.

“We are very excited to join forces with B&O,” said Edward and David Odessa, members of the founding family of General Fabrics. “We will continue to meet customer demands with quality products and outstanding service, and we look forward to a very successful future together.”

According to a spokeswoman for Brand & Oppenheimer, General Fabrics employed nearly 30 people in Rhode Island, New York and Texas and will retain all its employees. Staffing levels at Brand & Oppenheimer were “comparable” to General Fabrics’ staff.

“We are excited to bring General Fabrics into the B&O family,” said Ed Ricci, CEO of B&O, in a statement. “B&O and I have worked with the Odessas for a long time, and General Fabrics’ business model fits well into B&O’s operations. The acquisition expands our product capabilities, complements our existing sales divisions and advances our vision for strategic growth. We look forward to entering the print quilting and craft markets and streamlining the connections between B&O’s other sales divisions.”

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