Turning Point


In 1969, a major step in the Company's development

took place. Facing a potential hostile takeover, Albany Felt Company merged with Appleton Wire Works, the largest U.S. manufacturer of forming fabrics, and Nordiska Maskinfilt, the leading European clothing supplier to the Scandinavian paper industry as well as a major exporter to other countries, to become Albany International Corp.


Each of these companies of Albany International was privately owned, and all held positions of leadership in their markets and communities. Together, the three companies had a combined 212 years of knowledge and experience. Post-merger, the Company had 6,242 employees, nearly twice the size of Albany Felt's prior to the merger.

Albany International became the first company that had the capability to service all paper machine clothing positions--forming, pressing, drying--on a global basis.


         Albany International Corp. Headquarters in Albany, New York, until 2011