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1755 James and Patrick Clark began a loom equipment and silk thread business in Paisley, Scotland.
In 1806 Patrick Clark invented a way of twisting cotton threads together to substitute for silk threads which were unavailable due to France's blockade of Great Britain and opened the first plant for manufacturing the cotton thread in 1812.
In 1864 the Clark family began manufacturing in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.