More than Blankets and Felts
Aside from felts and blankets, Kenwood Mills produced a wide range of other products at their plant. The wool fabric they made was a versatile product. Sleeping bags, sitting out mats and bath mats were all made and sold.
Clothing was a popular product, too. Hosiery was made until 1925, but after consistently operating in the red, the product was removed from the Arnprior factory’s line.
One product that stood the test of time was overcoats. Part of the process of making the fabric was running it over with teasels, which would add air pockets into the material. The air pockets would act as insulation and make the fabric ultra-warm, perfect for a winter coat. Kenwood partnered with Canadian designer, Warren K. Cook to make these overcoats. They were heavy, but guaranteed to keep out the cold.
Women’s garments included dressing gowns available in delicate colours like fawn and rose. Bathrobes were also made for both women and children and were outfitted with satin binding and a silk cord.
A Kenwood product always had a label sewn onto it. The labels varied from product to product, but all featured the trademarked Ramscrest logo.
Small unofficial items were sometimes made. Workers could make toys for their children from scraps, or blankets might be later repurposed to line coats and blanket remnants were sold at the local store in Arnprior. The popularity of Kenwood products continues today with an Arnprior business turning old Kenwood blankets into mittens.