Fleck Knitwear’s roots started in Germany in 1831 with August Friedrich Fleck. August’s son, Ernst Eduard Fleck, continued with the knitting industry, and his son, Ernst Willy Fleck, used hand knitting machines to make custom sweaters for odd-shaped people. Ernst Willy was the first Fleck to come to New Jersey and worked in a knitting mill in 1910.
Ernst Willy’s son, Heinz Konrad Fleck, started working for the knitting machine company Stoll in Germany and became an experienced technician before he left for America and arrived in New Jersey. With little money and a business partner, Heinz Fleck opened Fleck Knitwear Company in 1960 and by 1963 built his own factory that is still operational today.
Heinz’s son Peter Fleck earned his textile engineering degree in Reutlingen, Germany. Following Heinz’s retirement in 1995 and after learning to program newer computerized flat knitting machines, Peter took over Fleck Knitwear and is the current president and CEO. Peter’s son, Matthew Fleck, is currently studying Business Management at Bentley University and upon graduation plans to continue the family tradition at Fleck Knitwear.