Monterey Mills Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the ABMA


As we prepare to attend the 100th Anniversary of the American Brush Manufacturers Association, Monterey Mills maintains its position as North America’s largest sliver knitter and paint roller fabric supplier, our fabrics are found on paint rollers in local hardware stores and big box retailers all over the world.

Roller Fabrics had been supplying the paint roller industry since the late 1940’s and early 1950’s when paint rollers began to be used on a commercial basis.  Monterey Mills began in 1965 and was manufacturing faux fur, home furnishings, apparel, and paint applicator fabrics.  In August of 2005 Monterey and Roller Fabrics merged and consolidated the two operations under the Monterey Mills’ name.  The goal then, as it is today, was to provide the highest quality knitted pile fabrics to a wide variety of markets and to continue innovation.

Today Monterey Mills supplies knitted pile fabrics across a wide range of markets including:  paint roller, air filtration, home furnishings, hospital pads, buffing pads, wash mitts, apparel, case liner and toy plush.  Over 50% of the business is devoted to the paint applicator industry and supplying manufacturers of paint rollers in over 15 different countries.

In the paint roller market, Monterey Mills uses different raw materials including polyester, acrylic, nylon and wool.  The fibers are combined for an infinite number of blends, density, color, and performance.  Monterey Mills’ expertise allows the company to provide fabrics for paint rollers that can be found covering all ends of the market from the D-I-Y consumer product to the top of the line, high end professional painter.  Through innovation and R&D, Monterey Mills has developed and patented a Continuous Coil process as well as the unique knitting technique known as FIBERLOCK®.  FIBERLOCK® is a process in which yarn is used in the face of the material instead of pile.  This has expanded the breadth of products and helps to reduce shedding for the customer.  Monterey Mills’ most recent innovation of Seamless® and Coreless® fabrics, which won the William Cordes Innovation Award in 2013 from the American Brush Manufacturers Association, which can allow customers to produce roller covers with reduced shedding, improved performance and reduced freight costs.  Monterey Mills also recently completed the development of a microfiber knitted product, which enhances paint pick up and performance.  Monterey Mills continues to explore new fibers, constructions, blends and processes to constantly be on the forefront of new developments. 
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