Ballyartella, North Tipperary
Our story started back in 1893, when Denis Hanly and his son John set up a vertical woollen mill beside the Nenagh river, in a disused flour mill in Ballyartella, North Tipperary. Local farmers sold their fleeces to the mill, where wool was spun and carded and then woven into two main products of blankets and flannel fabric.
The Move to Electricity
The traditional water mill wheel was replaced by a new water turbine. The turbine was made by a company called Grant's in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The same water turbine is still working and produces electricity from the Nenagh river. We are proud to be able to say that all our electricity comes from renewable sources
A Fire Destroyed Much of the Mill
In 1952 a fire destroyed much of the mill, reducing it from six to two storeys and destroying the adjoining family home. After that, the mill continued, but ceased its spinning and finishing, leaving just weaving as its core business.
John Hanly + Co. Ltd were the first woollen weaver to replace the traditional shuttle loom with the more modern rapier loom. The initial looms were all purchased from SOMET in Italy. Over a period of a few years all shuttle looms were replaced by these rapier looms which produced fabric more efficiently and with better quality.
With the demise of the traditional clothing factories in mainland Europe , the sale of fabric for apparel became more difficult. In order to maintain production levels the company started making Throws, scarves and other items of finished product which it started selling to retail and mail order outlets. Today the sale of those products accounts for over 80% of the output of the factory while the remainder is still fabric.
The Business Celebrated it's 125th Birthday
The company celebrated being in continuous business for 125 years in 2018. Today, the fourth generation of Hanlys proudly hold the reins of the company The Hanly family celebrating 125 years of business at Ballyartella. Robert, Susie, Brian, Janet and John.
John Hanly & Co - From Strength to Strength
The mill currently employing 32 people in Ballyartella, it remains the beating heart of what we do , yet our story goes around the world. We are proud to supply top brands , quality retailers in a wealth of countries - including Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom , France ,United States , Canada, Japan and Korea and of course Ireland.