In 1942, the Marling Mills factory was part of The Cooperative Society up until 1964, where each of the societies involved provided the Coop with products to sell in hundreds of Coop stores. The Cooperative Society was owned by the Rochdale Pioneers. This video walks us through the coop factory in 1961 that produced a wide range of knitwear including jumpers, cardigans and tank-tops. The skilled workers would hand-cut patterns with darting scissors at the Co-operative Society works, manufacturing 'Leeknit' for the Lanfield range of knitwear. The video then goes to the division in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent where the garments are finalised.
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