August 16, 2019

This Summer in Bethlehem History (Laros Silk Mill 1919)


R.K. Laros

R.K. Laros

This summer marks 100 years of the opening of the R.K. Laros Silk Mill. The official date of the founding of the first mill is recorded as July 1, 1919. The first mill was established in the Miller Heights section of what is now Bethlehem Township. Other mills were later built on Broad St. in Bethlehem, and in Kingston, PA. Laros Silk Company would go on to become one of the country’s top silk manufacturers and one of the most influential companies in City. The company survived the Great Depression and World War II, but was eventually liquidated following R.K.’s death in 1955.

See more Bethlehem milestones on BAPL’s local history timeline here.

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