In 1860 the Firm of Greene and Daniels built a spool and cotton mill in Pawtucket RI. Benjamin F. Greene founded the company and also assisted in the technical development by taking out a patent for dressing thread.
In 1865 it was enlarged to a 4-story, 420-foot long building with a French roof and three large towers. The cost at the time was 100,000 dollars. The picture to the right may show part of that enlargment. The mill has undergone many renovations since then.
In 1876 General Daniels died and Mr. Greene purchased the Daniels interest in the mill from his heirs. In 1877 the firm was incorporated as the Greene and Daniels Manufacturing Company. Mr. Greene was president and his son Edward A. Greene was the treasurer.
At that time the mill ran 22,000 spindles and produced ivory-finished three-cord thread. Because of the increased use of sewing machines, the soft-finished six-cord threads, like those of J & P Coats, came into extensive use. (J & P Coats was a well established thread company in Scottland that is still in business today.) Because of increased demand, Greene and Daniels created many new product lines. Using the new English system of carding and combing, the company began to produce high-quality yarns, which they dyed themselves for women’s dresses. The river that runs by the mill would turn the color of the dye being used at the time.
In 1886 Mr. Greene died and his son Edward Alonza Greene took over as President and Treasurer. Edward had gone to school at Bryant and Stratton business college and graduated in 1861. He worked as a clerk with his father for four years. Edward then went to Europe and studied the production methods and practices of the large cotton mills there. When he came back he brought with him the knowledge that would help Greene and Daniels Manufacturing Company grow. By 1893 they employed 400 workers. He continued as President until his death on July 8, 1900.
In 1901 The mill became the home to Pawtucket Dying and Bleaching Company, until 1976 when it went out of business. Now it is 2019 and 1110 Central Ave. is starting a new life as an apartment building.