Preserving Historic Minnesota
May 8, 2012 – After being shuttered for four years, the Faribault Woolen Mill in Faribault, Minnesota, was recently reopened, due in part to the efforts of Meyer Borgman Johnson’s preservation engineers. The mill is the oldest manufacturing entity in the state, dating back to 1865. The current mill was built in 1890. MBJ’s preservation experts performed a complete condition assessment of the mill’s structure, which consists of eleven different additions and modifications spanning nearly a century. A variety of archaic wood and steel construction methods had been used to cobble together the expansions. Having made repairs sufficient to the operation of the mill, MBJ continues to work with the owners on further permanent solutions for restoration and renovation.