Leominster is located in the north-central part of the state of Massachusetts and a city in Worcester County. It sits in the southeastern part of the city of Fitchburg and in the northwestern part of Boston, along the Nashua River. The area was settled and purchased from the Nashua Indians that originally formed part of Lancaster. The city’s name was taken after the town in England, Leominster after the city was incorporated. Combs were first made in 1775 by Obadia Hills and were made from animal horns and the manufacture of the combs was subsequently made in the area. When celluloid was introduced as a material that is essential in the making of combs, a more diversified economy was then developed. The city’s economy was boosted with the manufacture of plastic articles, machinery, and other products, though trade and services were also major sources of employment.
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