Changing Workforce

A U.S. hat-maker's quest to support middle-class manufacturing jobs


Jun 30, 2015

The Bollman Hat Co. has been manufacturing hats for nearly 150 years and is America's oldest hat maker. Since Bollman's founding in 1868, U.S. hat and apparel making have largely moved overseas.

But a diverse product mix and tough choices have helped Bollman anchor production in America, as other U.S. manufacturing work has disappeared.

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