Wolf Administration Announces Bollman Hat Company to Expand Manufacturing Operations in Lancaster County, Creating 41 New Jobs

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Bollman Hat Company, the oldest hat maker in the U.S., will expand its operations in Adamstown, Lancaster County. The expansion will create 41 new, full-time jobs.

“Bollman’s decision to bring a product line from China to Lancaster County shows that the momentum is beginning to shift and manufacturing jobs are coming back to Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration is committing to ensuring the manufacturing sector continues to thrive in Pennsylvania, creating good, family-sustaining jobs.”

Bollman Hat Company will expand operations by purchasing equipment and bringing outsourced production in China to its headquarters in Adamstown. The company plans to invest at least $387,000 on the project and has also committed to the creation of 41 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 176 current positions over the next three years.

Bollman Hat Company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $60,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $82,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $18,450 in WEDnetPA funding.

“Moving production of the iconic Kangol cap to our factory and creating new manufacturing jobs is very exciting for our employee-owners,” Don Rongione, president and CEO of Bollman Hat Company said. “The support from the Governor’s Action Team is a key component to proceeding with moving this equipment to Pennsylvania and we appreciate this support and commitment.”

The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1868, the Bollman Hat Company is a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of men’s, women’s, and children’s headwear and accessories. Bollman sells its product in 77 countries and has sites on four continents.

For further information on Bollman Hat Company, visit www.bollmanhats.com.

For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit www.newpa.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jeff Sheridan, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED, 717-783-1132

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