Bollman Hat Co., the oldest hat maker in the U.S., will expand its operations in Adamstown, creating 41 new, full-time jobs.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the state Department of Community & Economic Development.
Triggering the hiring is Bollman’s decision to bring production of its Kangol-brand cap line from China to its Adamstown headquarters.
In a prepared statement, Gov. Tom Wolf said the company’s decision to transfer production here “shows that the momentum is beginning to shift and manufacturing jobs are coming back to Pennsylvania.
“My administration is committing to ensuring the manufacturing sector continues to thrive in Pennsylvania, creating good, family-sustaining jobs,” Wolf said.
According to DCED, Bollman will invest at least $387,000 in new equipment in order to begin producing the Kangol caps.
The expansion will create 41 new, full-time jobs and retain 176 positions over the next three years, said DCED.
To spark the project, DCED awarded Bollman a $60,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $82,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $18,450 in WEDnetPA (Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania) funding for skill training.
Don Rongione, president and CEO of Bollman, in a prepared statement credited the Governor’s Action Team with facilitating the project.
Founded in 1868, Bollman designs, manufactures and distributes men's, women's and children's headwear and accessories. Bollman sells its product in 77 countries and has sites on four continents.
According to the Bollman website, Kangol was established in England in 1938 as a beret manufacturer.
Among people to wear Kangol items over the years, said Bollman, have been the Beatles, Princess Diana, Samuel L. Jackson, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Madonna, Brad Pitt, Eminem, Shaquille O'Neal and Payne Stewart.
Bollman has been employee-owned since 1985 when managers bought the company from the founding Bollman family.