Aaron Feuerstein is the president and CEO of Malden Mills Industries, Inc., an international textile supplier of Polartec¨ apparel fabrics and home furnishing velvets. Malden Mills is the largest employer in its home city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, with over 3,000 employees and annual sales of $400 million. Feuerstein has earned the praise of Americans across the country, including President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and Massachusetts Governor William Weld, for his dedication to his employees. When Malden Mills was struck by a devastating fire in December 1995, Feuerstein vowed to rebuild the business and announced that he would pay all of his employees for the next 90 days. As of January 1997, 85 percent of his employees are back to work.
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