RHE Hatco 
Intermediate level
 

American made, Texas proud

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Highlights

Learn how Hatco has taken on the challenge of blending the historically unchanged process of making felt hats with the 21st century lean manufacturing methods.

Description

Hatco embraces the rich heritage of American hatters while continuing to make hats with skilled craftsmen and equipment from the early to mid-20th century, while balancing 21st century American lean manufacturing. In doing this, Hatco has created an environment where the past and the present come alive. Hatco’s leadership team has recently taken on the challenge of blending the historically unchanged process of making felt hats with 21st century lean manufacturing methods. This tour welcomes hat wearers (and soon to be hat wearers) for an overview of Hatco's manufacturing process and lean best practices.

Company

Hatco is the leading manufacturer and distributor of well-known western headwear brands Stetson, Resistol, Charlie 1 Horse and Wrangler hats. Comprised of two campuses, Hatco is the only vertically integrated fur felt manufacturer in North America. By turning raw fur into hat bodies at its Longview campus, Hatco can truly say its hats are "American Made, Texas Proud" and 100 percent made of fur, unadulterated with inferior wool filler. Hatco also manufactures and distributes dress and outdoor headwear under the Stetson label and Dobbs label, with the same attention to detail as its western counterparts. resistol.com