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Homefront industries during World War II

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American industries ran at full tilt during World War II. The Amsterdam carpet mills — Mohawk and Bigelow-Sanford — switched from making carpets to manufacturing blankets and canvas. The local mills produced more than five million blankets for the war effort. Millions of yards of cotton duck were made in Amsterdam and used for tents, tarpaulins and gun covers. There were 5,500 employees at Mohawk alone, and the firm was presented the Army-Navy Production Award ...


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