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Environmentally Friendly Shellfish Catching and Farming

A leading supplier of specialised wire mesh products for fishing and aquaculture reinforce their innovative products for marine applications.

Aquamesh® Withstands the Test of Time and Promotes Sustainable Shellfish Catching and Farming

Like most business sectors across the globe, the fishing industry is embracing low-impact and sustainable practices. As a result, shellfish farming of oysters, scallops and mussels has emerged as a significant aquaculture business on the coasts of many countries. This trend has encompassed Scotland and is being fueled in part by Aquamesh®, the most trusted wire mesh invented in New England.

Riverdale Mills CEO James Knott Receives Leadership Award

NORTHBRIDGE — Riverdale Mills Corp. CEO James M. Knott Jr. has received a Manufacturing Leadership Award in the Visionary Leadership category from the National Association of Manufacturers.

One on One: Debra A. Krikorian, Chief Financial Officer of Riverdale Mills

NORTHBRIDGE — Riverdale Mills Corp. sits on a placid stretch of the Blackstone River and turns out products that can end up in significantly more rough-and-tumble environments.

Trapped in Tariffs, Firms Tied to Lobster Industry Look for Way Out

Northbridge, Mass – A gritty gray mist rises from the ground floor of Riverdale Mills interrupted by explosions of color: yellow, reds, and blues – as if someone had tried to merge this Northbridge, Massachusetts, steel-mesh maker with pieces of a Crayola factory.

Riverdale Mills ʽSteels’ Itself for Continuing Impact of Trump Tariffs

Misconceptions about the state of the steel industry in general and the status of the Riverdale Mills Corp. in particular were much on James Knott Jr.’s mind when he agreed to discuss where things stand the afternoon of January 29.

Trump’s Broken Nafta Promise

When President Trump signed his new Nafta accord last month with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau almost didn’t show up. The reason: Mr. Trump still hasn’t lifted the steel and aluminum tariffs as he promised he’d do if America’s two neighbors signed a revised trade deal.

From Wire to Wine

Before Mr. Knott developed the idea of a wire lobster trap in 1957, lobstermen were using wooden traps—ones they often spent time repairing. In a 2014 interview with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Knott says he invented a model “made out of welded wire mesh which is galvanized to protect it from the coating getting scraped off, and it’s plastic coated to prevent the Atlantic Ocean from attacking the steel.” But not everyone believed in this Harvard-educated economist’s vision. “A lot of people laughed. They said, ‘You’re never going to catch a lobster in a wire trap,’ because they’d been using wood for hundreds of years.”

After 38 Years, Northbridge’s Riverdale Mills Lives On

A local entrepreneur who passed away recently, James M. Knott Sr. transformed the lobstering industry. And the company he founded in 1980, Northbridge-based Riverdale Mills, continues to do well under the leadership of his son, James Jr.

James Knott Pioneered Modern Lobster Traps and Fended Off the EPA

James Knott helped build a better lobster trap.

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