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The Works - Wyomissing, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Janila
N 40° 20.164 W 075° 57.674
18T E 418352 N 4465501
Quick Description: Beginning life as a textile company, one of three buildings comprising the Textile Machine Works, this building is now used as a playground for young and old, stocked with arcade games and a climbing room which includes tubes and slides.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2019 5:40:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM104E7
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member razalas
Views: 0

Long Description:
The Textile Machine Works was founded by Henry Janssen and Ferdinand Thun in Wyomissing, PA, in 1892. These two men arrived in the New York City from Germany and separately worked in various textile industries before the two old acquaintances met up again and decided to open their own textile business in Wyomissing. They began by manufacturing coverings for wire and cable under the name Narrow Fabric Company and as the demand for full fashion hosiery grew, they converted their business, renamed the Berkshire Knitting Mills, to become the hosiery capital that Wyomissing became years later. The factory closed in 1982 as artificial fibers replaced natural silk and cotton and the demand for their products diminished.

Then in 2002, the empty building was purchased and converted to the very popular "The Works" which is an indoor entertainment facility. "We have 2 restaurants, a high-speed go kart track “Slick Willy’s”, a multi-million dollar arcade, laser tag, a huge indoor “Ballocity” play structure for kids." (visit link)
1109 Bern Road
Wyomissing, PA USA

Year built: 7/5/1892

Year converted: 4/1/2003

Web page: [Web Link]

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