North Adams' past is centered on industry. Each of the industries had their own purpose and effects on North Adams. Blackinton was a small manufacturing community in the Berkshires. It was a successful mill for its time and produced cotton and cloths. The Blackinton Company started off as a small, local mill and grew and expanded throughout the years. Shortly after the height of its time, the Company began to break down. Read about history of Blackinton Mill, the village, and the man behind it all, Sanford Blackinton.