About The Knitting Mills

A New Era of Innovation

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Founded by Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen in 1906, The Berkshire Knitting Mills was the largest full-fashioned knitting mill in the world. Together with Textile Machine Works and Narrow Fabric Company, this multi-faceted manufacturing enterprise served as a hub of technological innovation and civic pride.

Today, the stage has been set for a new era of revitalization and innovation. Driven in part by UGI Energy Services, Teleflex International, and an all-new Drexel University College of Medicine Branch, the campus has been transformed into a dynamic center for business and technology that will continue to serve our community for years to come.

Additionally, this activity is further fueled by exciting new retail and restaurant amenities, chief among them include Kimberton Whole Foods, Sly Fox Brewery, The Farmhouse Kitchen, Chatty Monks, Say Cheese, Benchwarmers, Bold, West Reading Tavern, The West Reading Motor Club, and Third & Spruce.

Come visit The Knitting Mills and experience for yourself what live-work-play looks like in Berks County.

The Acquisition

In 2016, Equus Capital Partners acquired the 53-acres and 1,000,000 square feet that was home to the VF Outlet. The property had deteriorated due to the commoditization of the outlet industry and the proliferation of e-commerce. Sadly, the once-vibrant VF Outlets were in a state of decay and an eyesore for the local community.

A Vision for the Future

Equus Capital Partners reimagined the space as a modern mixed use corporate campus. Their focus: preserve the architecture, honor the history of innovation at the site and capitalize on the "live, work, play" setting established in the early 1900s by Thun and Janssen.

Community Engagement

Equus worked closely with local government and organizations to ensure the design integrity was preserved and made their vision come to life.

Preserving History

Rebuilding the historic site required careful demolition of some buildings while preserving others for restoration. The adaptive re-use of these buildings accentuate the character and history while introducing modern elements that ensure long-term efficiency.

A Catalyst for Growth

Less than 4 years after acquiring The Knitting Mills, the First Phase is complete with over 97% occupancy in more than 500,000 square feet of modern office, retail, R&D, and laboratory space. With the completion of Phase Two in the Summer of 2021, Equus has constructed over 700,000 square feet of space in this now-thriving center of economic activity in Berks County.

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