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Manufacturing Insights: Riverdale Mills Achieves 40% Growth, Looks for More

By Laura Finaldi - September 20, 2016

If you enjoyed a nice juicy lobster at any point this past summer, you might have Riverdale Mills to thank. The Northbridge company is one of the largest manufacturers of welded wire mesh in the world. Its products are used in a variety of industries — not just in marine and aquaculture but also security, farming and construction. Everything is made at their 390,000-square-foot facility in Northbridge, and its flagship product, Aquamesh®, is now used to build 80 percent of all lobster and crab traps fished in North America and about 70 percent of traps used in Europe.

East Coast Shellfish Growers Association Newsletter

Member Profile: Riverdale Mills “Quality Starts Here”

By Robert Rheault, ECSGA Executive Director - April 2016

Back in 1983 when I first started working on an oyster farm, I was tasked with dipping chicken wire and galvanized hardware cloth in Flexibar dip, trying to get two years out of the wire before it rusted through. A few years later when I started my own farm, I was happy to see that vinyl-coated pot wire was readily available. The development of vinyl-coated wire and extruded-plastic mesh bags and netting ushered in an explosion of oyster aquaculture that continues to this day.

Fishing News

Riverdale Mills Aquamesh® Is Common Thread Tying Together Lobster and Crab Pots

By Fishing News Staff Writer - March 2016

Sometimes all it takes is the introduction of one new element to shift the tide of an entire industry. Riverdale Mills (Northbridge, MA USA) revolutionized the lobster fishing industry over 35 years ago when the company created Aquamesh®, a first of its kind marine-grade welded wire mesh fabric designed specifically to create a more sturdy, weather and corrosion resistant lobster pot.

Riverdale Mills (Northbridge, MA USA) revolutionized the lobster fishing industry when the company created Aquamesh, a first of its kind marine-grade welded wire mesh fabric designed specifically to create a more sturdy, weather and corrosion resistant lobster trap for New England lobstermen. Today, over 80% of all U.S. built lobster traps are built with Aquamesh, and crab fishermen worldwide build crab pots with Aquamesh to enhance the durability of their pots.

Fishermen's Voice 

Riverdale Mills Celebrates 35th Anniversary

By Mike Crowe - November 2015   

The wooden lobster trap today has all but disappeared except for decorating seafood restaurants. But not long ago, it was as omnipresent as the wire lobster trap is today. The shift from wood to wire can be traced back to a precise point in time. That point was when Jim Knott Sr. got a patent on a coated wire lobster trap in the 1960s. Before starting Riverdale Mills in Northbridge, Massachusetts, to manufacture the wire needed to build wire traps, Knott ran a plastic coating company. His experience in coatings was linked at some point with time spent as a boy fishing lobster out of a skiff in Gloucester. The first trap was built and then coated. It was the first of its kind for many years.

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Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association

The Modern Lobster Trap Turns 35

By Beth Casoni - October 2015

Riverdale Mills revolutionized the lobster fishing industry when founder James Knott, Sr. created Aquamesh, a first of its kind marine-grade welded wire mesh fabric designed specifically to create a more durable lobster trap for New England lobstermen. Thirty-five years later, over 80% of all lobster traps in the U.S. are built with Aquamesh.

Northbridge, MA – September 23, 2015 — Riverdale Mills revolutionized the lobster fishing industry when founder James Knott, Sr. created Aquamesh, a first of its kind marine-grade welded wire mesh fabric designed specifically to create a more durable lobster trap for New England lobstermen. Thirty-five years later, over 80% of all lobster traps in the U.S. are built with Aquamesh.

Telegram & Gazette

There’s a Local, Inland Touch to Lobstering

By Mark Blazis - August 2015

The Blackstone River’s connection to lobstering is little known, even here in Worcester County. Thousands pass every day through Northbridge on Route 122 driving obliviously right by Riverdale Street. A very short ride down that inconspicuously marked road takes you to the river and a beautiful old mill that has played a significant role in our local history, most notably today for lobstermen.

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