Madison founder Schwartz dies at 87
July 10, 2002,
Columbia, SC — Louis Schwartz, founder of Madison Industries, passed away on July 4 at the age of 87. His long career mirrored the growth and development of the home textiles industry.
Born in a small farming village in Romania, he immigrated to New York shortly after World War I. After graduating from James Madison High School, he went to work for his father's business, J. Schwartz Dry Goods, a store on Eldridge Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Upon his father's death in the mid-1930s, Schwartz took the reins and began sewing pillow cases and comforter covers for the large immigrant urban population, naming the business after his high school.
The company he started is now in its fourth generation, run by his sons Michael, president and ceo, and Jay, vp and coo, with offices in New York and South Carolina.
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