Foster Needle began operation in 1956. During the more than 50 years since then, the company has grown to become the world leader in the production and sales of felting needles for the nonwoven and other textile industries.
The company was founded by Edson P. Foster, Sr. Mr. Foster was born and raised in Torrington, CT, USA, where in those days the world’s largest needle company - the Torrington Company - was located. Working for this company gave Mr. Foster the basis and inspiration for creating his own needle company after relocation to an area possessing a technically skilled work force, Manitowoc, WI.
Being a highly talented engineer, Mr. Foster went on to create the designs and patents for most of the blade shapes and barb shapes that are now standard to needlepunch firms in every country. The most important of the patented new designs was the Foster Formed Barb™, the first barb with rounded interior surfaces to be produced and to become a commercial success!
Following the company’s focus on international growth, Foster Needle Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary located in England, began operations in 1981 as a full manufacturer of felting needles with expert sales and technical staff to assist customers in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.