Pendleton Woolen Mills is an American apparel manufacturing company located in Oregon. The company's roots began in 1863 when Thomas L. Kay made a transcontinental trek to the west coast and began working in the woolen mills in Oregon. He went on to open his own woolen mill, the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in Salem, Oregon. In 1909 the family moved to Pendleton in northeastern Oregon and took over the defunct Pendleton Woolen Mills to begin the business there.