Company Overview

Celebrating 40 years in Business

Founded in 1980 Riverdale Mills is a leading manufacturer and proud distributor of premium quality welded wire mesh solutions for the marine, security, construction and agriculture industries. Known worldwide for its galvanized and PVC coated wire mesh products, the company was founded in 1980 by James Knott, Sr., and energetic engineer and inventor with a passion for science and business.

Riverdale Mills revolutionized the lobster fishing industry when the company created Aquamesh®, a first-of-its-kind, galvanized after welding and PVC coated welded wire mesh designed specifically for the construction of lobster traps. Today, over 80 percent of all lobster traps in North America are built with Aquamesh®, the industry standard used by fishermen and aqua culturists worldwide.

Following the company’s success with Aquamesh®, Riverdale diversified its product line to include Crawfish and Crab Mesh, WireWall® high security fencing mesh, Soft-Step™ poultry flooring mesh, Geomesh™ construction and land management mesh, and BenchMesh for use in commercial greenhouses. Riverdale also manufactures steel, stainless and copper wire mesh.

Riverdale Mills now manufactures over 3,500 configurations of welded wire mesh for the construction, security, marine, horticulture, agriculture and fencing industries. Forty percent of Riverdale Mills’ products are exported to global customers.  Over 150 employees work at the company’s 391,000 square foot plant.

Riverdale is committed to sustainability and ensuring the company’s manufacturing processes never compromises the integrity of the environment. Almost 100 percent of the steel byproducts and other scrap metal from the wire manufacturing process is captured and recycled.

For over 30 years, Jim Knott, Jr. worked in a variety of financial, technical, and operational positions at Riverdale Mills. His deep-rooted knowledge of the business proved invaluable as Riverdale transitioned from a start-up, with sales initially limited to New England, to an internationally recognized leader in the wire industry. Jim became CEO of Riverdale Mills in 2015.

Riverdale is committed to promoting sustainability across all areas of Riverdale’s operations. Its Green Initiatives Program ensures the company’s manufacturing processes never compromise the integrity of the environment.

Riverdale Mills continues to focus on cutting-edge research, innovative engineering methods, and the delivery of premium quality products, superior solutions and exemplary customer service.

As we celebrate 40 years in business, we are deeply grateful for the support and confidence of our customers and business partners — day-after-day, year-after-year.


2019 National Association of Manufacturers Award RecipientREAD PRESS RELEASE HERE

Riverdale Mills CEO James Knott, Jr. has earned a 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Award, Visionary Leadership category, from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The Awards honor organizations and individuals shaping the future of global manufacturing.


2016 AIM Global Trade Award RecipientREAD PRESS RELEASE HERE

Riverdale Mills is a recipient of the 2016 Global Trade Award by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts International Business Council (AIM-IBC). The award recognizes Massachusetts companies that demonstrate excellence in international trade and set the standard for global business.


Riverdale Mills is a proud member of the following industry and trade organizations: