Aaron Feuerstein dies at 95, paid idled workers after fire

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BOSTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Former Boston-area millowner Aaron Feuerstein, who gained fame for paying workers idled aft a occurrence successful December 1995, has died astatine the property of 95, his lad Daniel Feuerstein said connected Thursday.

Feuerstein gained nationalist fame for continuing to wage 1,400 workers displaced from the Malden Mills mill successful Lawrence, Mass., known for its Polartec fleece fabric.

"For my father, the astir important stakeholders were his mill workers," said Daniel Feuerstein, adding that his begetter died of complications aft a autumn astatine location successful Brookline, Mass. past week.

Feuerstein rebuilt the mill northbound of Boston with security wealth but yet mislaid power of the concern founded by his grandfather, which erstwhile employed astir 3,000 people. Polartec is present a marque of Milliken & Co.

Yet the blunt-spoken Feuerstein became an icon astatine a clip erstwhile galore concern leaders were celebrated for laying disconnected workers and cutting costs to maximize profits.

Just aft the occurrence Feuerstein said, "I'm not throwing 3,000 radical retired of enactment 2 weeks earlier Christmas," a Malden Mills enforcement erstwhile told the Boston Globe newspaper.

Ultimately Feuerstein paid wages to each 1,400 workers displaced by the occurrence for 90 days and extended their wellness benefits. Many were immigrants from Lawrence and the adjacent metropolis of Lowell, Mass.

"His workers were his people, his community," said Daniel Feuerstein.

Reporting by Ross Kerber successful Boston; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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