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Bollman Hat Company Expands Operations In Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Bollman Hat Company, the oldest hat maker in the U.S., will expand its operations in Adamstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The expansion will create 41 new, full-time jobs.

The 147-year-old hat manufacturer 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.

As an incentive, Bollman Hat Company received a funding proposal from the Pennsylvania 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/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.”

“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,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “My administration is committing to ensuring the manufacturing sector continues to thrive in Pennsylvania, creating good, family-sustaining jobs.”

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.

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