Founded in 1947 by Polish migrant, Paul Ryzowy, Creswick Woollen Mills is now the only coloured woollen spinning mill of its type in Australia. Over 50 Australian mills of this type have closed in the face of competition from cheap imports in recent years, but Creswick remains, employing over 30 people directly and a further 80 indirectly across Victoria through its contractors and suppliers. Located in Creswick, a small township approximately 120km from Melbourne, north-east of Ballarat, Creswick Woollen Mills is the largest private employer in the region. Despite the rationalisation of the textile industry in recent times, the privately owned company remains buoyant, reinvesting for future sustainability. Some of Creswick Woollen Mills’ luxurious products manufactured at the mill include Alpaca throws, blankets and accessories woven into sophisticated modern designs. Natural fibre products designed by Creswick for optimum comfort include merino, cashmere, cotton and bamboo. Other innovative products produced at the Creswick Mills include the Personal Protection Blankets for The Country Fire Authority (CFA) Victoria and the Rural Fire Service (RFS) New South Wales. Creswick Woollen Mills has become a household name both in Australia and globally. Creswick’s continued success is attributed to ongoing research and innovation, as well as dedication to quality and an understanding that the Australian market appreciates exclusive designs and high quality.