Central Oregon ranch providing yarn for Olympic apparel

Central Oregon ranch providing yarn for Olympic apparel

All Winter Olympics apparel for the U.S. team will be made in the U.S., including wool yarn from Imperial Stock Ranch near Shaniko, Oregon.

Imperial Stock Ranch, founded in 1871 and now run by [Jeanne] Carver and her husband, Dan, was at a make-or-break time, especially for its sheep business. They kept hearing that apparel manufacturing was going offshore and they wouldn't ship U.S. wool overseas, Carver said. Then the phone rang in the summer of 2012.

"I thought the phone was the tinkling of sheep bells!" Carver said. But it was the product development director for the Ralph Lauren knitwear division. "I literally said to him, 'You are kidding me!'"

Read more at OregonLive.com.

Read an Oregon Business feature story on Imperial Stock Ranch.