Plymouth Cordage Company

Established 1824

Plymouth, MA. and Wellend, Ontario, Canada

"140 years of continuous operation"

The Plymouth Cordage Company was a rope making company located in Plymouth, MA, USA. The company, founded in 1824, had a large factory located on the Plymouth waterfront. By the late 19th century, the Plymouth Cordage Company had become the largest manufacturer of rope and twine in the world. 


The Plymouth Cordage Company served as the largest employer in Plymouth for over 100 years. It went out of business in 1964 after over 140 years of continuous operation. By the early 1960s, it had bought all the materials needed for production, had no debt and a lot of cash and was bought out by the Columbian Rope Company in 1965.


In modern times, the 45-acre (180,000 m2) Cordage factory property in North Plymouth has been turned into a large retail and office center. The building, now known as Cordage Commerce Center, houses the Plymouth MBTA station, a terminus for the Old Colony Line. The factory also contains several restaurants, offices, and stores. The Quincy College Plymouth Campus currently occupies a large area of the property, along with the University of Massachusetts Boston who is currently offering classes in a wing of the building.

The Plymouth Cordage Company website was developed by the students of Quincy College