For 120 years, Carhartt has manufactured premium
workwear known for exceptional durability, comfort,
quality of construction, and fit that you can feel in
the fabrics and see in the performance.
Expanding the line from the traditional outerwear
pieces, Carhartt now offers a complete product line for
warm and cold weather alike that includes jeans and work
pants, shirts, sweats, shorts, tee's and accessories. A
variety of features such as premium fabrics, rugged
construction, and comfortable fit are just some of the
hallmarks of Carhartt workwear that fit our customer's
needs in the toughest conditions.
As a choice brand of those who work and play outdoors,
Carhartt is proud to serve a variety of workers in many
industries including construction and manufacturing
along with farmers, ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Established in 1889, Carhartt is family owned and
operated with more than 3,500 employees dedicated
to their mission of providing Best-In-Class apparel for
the active worker. As the company continues to grow, so
do its facilities. In March 2009, the expansion of its
distribution center in Madisonville, Kentucky will be
complete. When designing the 360,000 square foot
expansion, Carhartt used green materials when possible;
using FSC certified lumber, recycling 50% of the
building material waste, optimizing insulation, reducing
water usage, improving the power management system and
installing an energy efficient roof.
Just as Hamilton Carhartt began four generations ago,
Carhartt will continue to manufacture the most rugged
and durable clothing for generations to come.
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Hamilton Carhartt was born in 1855 in Macedon Lock,
New York. He grew up in Southern Michigan and his
entrepreneurial style was reflected in the modifying of
his last name by adding an extra "t" to ensure he would
stand out from other businessmen. He initially
established a furnishing business which would continue
to drive his ambition to succeed and lead him to create
his own products.
With some helpful advice from his first potential buyer,
he realized his products had to be different. After
talking with a railroad engineer, he created an overall
garment specifically for the railroad worker which had
never been made before. Hamilton Carhartt founded his
namesake company in 1889 and began making work wear with
a single goal in mind: Set a standard of excellence to
which all others would aspire. Starting with only 4
sewing machines and about 5 employees, the first
products manufactured were overalls in duck and denim
fabrics. By traveling from town to town and visiting
each railroad division, he was able to establish himself
in the overall business. With entrepreneurial vision and
determination, Hamilton Carhartt established a brand
that has stood the test of time.
The Great Depression had a devastating effect on
Carhartt resulting in only 3 plants remaining in the
U.S. after 1930. Hamilton and his son Wylie established
the "Back to the Land" campaign leading to the joint
opening of the Irvine, Kentucky operations with the
towns people of Irvine. Carhartt's Manufacturing
Administrative offices are still located in Irvine,
The company grew throughout the early 1900's
establishing over 17 plants and 3 mills throughout the
United States, Canada, and Europe. "From the mill to
millions" was their motto and was reflected in their
operations which included cotton production, denim mills
and apparel manufacturing facilities. Carhartt Master
Cloth was designed and woven especially by their mills
for use in Carhartt garments and was pledged to be the
best cloth that could be produced.
Hamilton Carhartt passed away in 1937 at the age of 82.
Today, his company remains a family owned operation
committed to the mission of providing Best-in-Class
apparel for the active worker.