Jedediah Bowen founded Ripon Knitting Works in Ripon, Wisconsin, in 1880. The company included a leather division and produced a variety of items including socks, hosiery, gloves, mittens, and baseball gloves. The company employed as many as 500 workers when the business was doing well. During World War II the company provided materials for soldiers and received awards from the United States government for its support. Sales declined following the war, and the company closed in 1970.