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This article appeared in the Glenwood Post Independent. By Will Grandbois.

Photo of thread and sewer at The Whole Works.

Katie Varley hard at work at The Whole Works. Photo: Chelsea Self/Post Independent.

In a year and a half, The Whole Works has grown from a startup with one seamstress and a single client to an established apparel manufacturer with six employees, 41 clients and 4,531 garments produced with another 1,876 scheduled for production by Nov. 30.

It doesn’t hurt that Something Independent presented the Rifle company with its annual Wright Award last fall. The award recognizes organizations that excel at the intersection of lifestyle and commerce.

“It put us in touch with this community of garment designers and vendors, and we have been riding the wave ever since,” said Whole Works partner Kelly Alford. “We had a little light shown on our vision, and it turned out it was a vision that really appealed to people.”

The vision?

“We believe in the return of American manufacturing, the power and sanctity of a job and supporting rural economies,” Alford said. Click for full article