Wilton Mill Worx buys Colony-Abbott Mill in Wilton 

  • On Aug. 9, Wilton Mill Worx, LLC, purchased the Colony-Abbott Mill for $1.9 million. —COURTESY OF BUILDINGS OF NEW ENGLAND

  • Needham, Mass.-based Beantown Apparel will use 30,000 square feet in the the Colony-Abbott Mill building for its new printing and distribution facility. —COURTESY OF CHRIS BERNAT

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/14/2022 2:34:13 PM
Modified: 9/14/2022 2:33:43 PM

After 18 months of deliberation between Wilton’s Economic Development Leadership Team and several potential buyers, the Colony-Abbott Mill on 1 Riverside Way has a new owner.

On Aug. 9, Wilton Mill Worx, LLC (WMW) purchased the Colony-Abbott Mill for $1.9 million. Erected in 1882, the three-story mill building houses 93,000 square feet of open space on 14 acres of land. As part of the 14 acres, the new owners have access to the Mill Dam, a retention pond, an additional few acres along the Souhegan River and a 2.3-acre property at 33 Mill Street. 

According to WMW Managing Partner Chris Bernat, Needham, Mass.-based clothing company Beantown Brand Apparel will occupy 30,000 square feet downstairs for their new warehouse and digital printing facility, and the remaining 63,000 square feet is still under deliberation. With Beantown Apparel’s operations expanding, Bernat said Wilton was a prime spot based on its proximity to major distribution ports in Boston and Manchester.

“When we saw the economic development of Wilton, we thought there were some real benefits,” said Bernat. “It’s just such an impressive piece of property.”

According to Economic Development Leadership Team Chair Jennifer Beck, the Colony-Abbott Mill was previously occupied and maintained by Label Art, Inc. After the business permanently closed more than 18 months ago, Beck said the team was interested in finding a buyer who would maximize the building’s potential.

“We were looking for a buyer who will use the building for mixed-use and be open to using alternative energy,” said Beck. “It is absolutely the most-strategic building in Wilton.”

After both sides agreed to the deal, Beck said the team’s hard work paid off.

“We are now breathing a huge sigh of relief because it could have stayed on the market for a long time,” said Beck.

Following the purchase, Beantown Apparel announced their new mixed-use facility will use hydropower from the Mill Dam and solar panels on the roof of the building to create environmentally friendly and sustainable practices for their clothing line. The company also announced the renewable sources of energy will allow the facility to remove more carbon than it emits, making it carbon-negative.

Ted Pidcock, president of Beantown Apparel, stated he’s looking forward to finalizing operations by 2023.

“We are excited to be part of the neighborhood,” stated Pidcock. 

The Colony-Abbott Mill is hosting an open house by appointment on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7. 


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