Stonehedge Fiber Milling Equipment, LLC
East Jordan, Michigan
See our spinner page for information on our latest fiber processing equipment.We have a promotional video available to download and watch. It shows images of our entire equipment line. Let us know if you have any questions regarding any of it.
Our goal is to help you make the right decision as to whether or not opening a fiber mill is the right option for you. Value-added agriculture is an important part of being able to continue a lifestyle of raising fiber animals. We here at Stonehedge will assist you and give you support as long as needed. By sharing with you some of our trials and tribulations, it is our hope that if you do decide to open a fiber mill, that in the future you are still happy you made that decision.
My wife Debbie started Stonehedge Fiber Mill in 1998. She started with equipment that was available on the market at that time. Her intent was to start the business as a way of adding diversity to our farm, adding value to our fiber and that of a few others. Her goal was to process 500 pounds a month by the end of the first year.
In less than 12 months we found that the machinery we had purchased was not capable of attaining those numbers with a reasonable amount of labor or maintenance. At that time she was only washing, picking, and carding roving and batts. She soon decided that if she were going to continue, she needed machinery that would meet her needs. She gave me the challenge of providing her the equipment to meet her goals.
That challenge led to my current fiber processing equipment. I retired from General Motors with 30 years of management experience in production, time study, methods, and engineering. This background enabled me to put together the resources I needed to meet Debbie's challenge. With this equipment, we currently process in excess of 1500 pounds of fiber monthly.
The machinery we manufacture is a team effort. The machine builder, Brian Stanek, and our electrician, Mark Hooker, are important parts of the team and will be involved with the machinery for many years to come. Therefore, this is not a one-man operation with no back-up support for future needs.
It's important to me that anyone who invests in setting up and running a fiber processing mill understands the time and money needed before they start. For more information, see the business planning page.
Information about our fiber processing machines can be found at carding machine, picker and tumbler, spin/ply machine , pindrafter, needle felter, skein and conewinders, dehairer, rug yarn maker, and skein twister. And, of course, contact us if you have any questions or would like to visit the mill.