Darlington Fabrics

THE STORY: Athletes, along with being at their peak physically, need apparel to keep up with them at the same time. Westerly based Darlington Fabrics creates nylon and spandex fabrics for athletic attire, including team jerseys for prominent sports leagues.


› Darlington Fabrics produces a 100% recycled polyester warp knit tricot fabric that goes into NFL replica team jerseys. The company knits and dyes the fabric in every NFL team color.

› The fabric has been in Darlington Fabrics’ line for eight years and between 3 million and 4 million yards are produced annually.

› It takes approximately four weeks to make the fabric.

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› Darlington Fabrics employs 150 people.

› The company’s fabric is used in respiratory head gear that is used in conjunction with respirators for patients being treated in hospitals. Darlington Fabrics was in this business prior to the pandemic, but has seen a spike in this business over the last six months.


COVID-AFFECTED: Production of fabric was suspended for two weeks in April 2020 due to orders being lean as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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