1885 - Carl J. Moritz had 13 children, most of which and in some cases, their spouses, were involved in the business of making embroidered lace. As the years went on, the family dwindled, as did the business after the 1st World War and the depression years of 1929 - 1932. The founder's 13th son, Carl, and an older brother, Felix, survived the rest of the family and changed the business from lace to emblems, which remains the primary focus to this day.
In 1934, Felix died and Carl continued the company as a partnership with Felix's widow, Fanny. Eventually Carl Moritz, Sr. became the sole owner.
Around 1940 Carl Moritz Jr. started putting in time at Moritz Embroidery. After graduating high school in 1943 and serving with the U.S. Marine Corps during the 2nd World War, Carl J. Moritz, Jr. was honorably discharged and returned to work with his father in 1946. Carl Moritz, Sr. passed away in 1956, leaving Carl J. Moritz, Jr. to assume the position of President.
Once again, the company began to grow, requiring more space than the 5,000 square foot facility on Vine Street in Philadelphia could provide. The business was then relocated to North Philadelphia in 1970, to a newly remodeled, fully modernized, 10,000 square foot factory. In 1986 it was decided to move the business, again, to an even larger facility, a custom-built 25,000 square foot manufacturing plant at our present location in the heart of the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Carl J. Moritz, III joined the Moritz Embroidery Works, Inc. in 1965. He left his position at Moritz Embroidery in 1967 to join the Army 101st Airborne Division and serve his country in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. During his service in Vietnam he was wounded in battle and received the Purple Heart, Soldier's Medal of Valor, Bronze Star and Distinguished Service Medal. Carl III was honorably discharged from the army in March of 1968 and rejoined the family embroidery business.
Stephen J. Moritz, Sr. joined the firm in 1968, and is presently the Corporate Secretary/Treasurer. Stephen is currently our company CFO and enjoys life with his wife and 3 children.
In 1987, the Moritz Embroidery Works Inc left Philadelphia and moved to its newly completed 25,000 sq ft. manufacturing facility in the Pocono Mountain Business Park in Mount Pocono, PA.
In 1989, the last of the current "Carls", Carl III's son Carl Joseph Moritz, graduated from high school and joined Moritz Embroidery. Carl Joseph now holds the position of Production Manager.
Four years later Carl III's second son graduated from high school and joined the family business. Brian Moritz is now serving the company as National Sales Manager.
On February 6th 2013, Mr. Carl J. Moritz Jr. passes away at the age of 87 years old as the President of The Moritz Embroidery Works Inc. and father of 4 children, grandfather to 11 children and great-grandfather to 5 grandchildren. Carl Jr. was a World War II marine veteran and a highly respected member of his church and community. "Pop" will be dearly missed by all of us.
On February 12, 2013, Carl J. Moritz III takes over as President of The Moritz Embroidery Works Inc. and his two sons Carl Joseph Moritz and Brian Moritz are appointed as Vice Presidents' of the company.
With over 130 years of experience behind us and with the fourth and fifth generations of the Moritz family working to guide the Moritz Embroidery Works in the 21st century, we are excited by the challenges and opportunities to come.