1828 Foundation of Zoeppritz AG in Mergelstetten. Manufacture of textiles from natural fibers (mainly wool), including those for use in blankets. 1872 The Jacquard-Weberei Gebr. Schmid is founded independently by Johann Georg Schmid, who mainly produces hammocks for marine applications. 1906 Company is renamed Mechanische Weberei Gerstetten, Matthäus Schmid oHG, with 120 looms and its own steam system. Main products are now: shoe lining, bed linen, trimming fabrics for lingerie.