Malden Mills readying for sale

Lawrence,Mass.Malden Mills, producer of Polartec fleece blankets and apparel, will reorganize under Chapter 11 and then be sold to either Boston-based Gordon Brothers Group or Philadelphia-based Chrysalis Capital Partners. Both turnaround specialists have offered $44 million for the troubled business.

Malden Mills, which counts Lands’ End, North Face, and the Pentagon among its customers, said its operations will continue normally during the reorganization and sale. The mill was also once a major supplier of fabrics to the furniture industry.

The company has struggled since a fire in December 1995 destroyed its main plant. Aaron Feuerstein, then the company’s third-generation owner, earned fame for insisting that workers be kept on the payroll after the fire. Malden filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and emerged as a reorganized company in 2003, under the control of lenders led by General Electric Capital. Feuerstein was unsuccessful in his efforts to buy back the company in 2004.

Malden ceo Michael Spline said the planned sale "transitions the company into a state of permanent ownership and financial stability."

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