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 to blend the historically unchanged process of making felt hats with 21st century lean manufacturing methods. The Hatco tour to hat wearers (and soon to be hat wearers) will provide a good overview of its manufacturing process and lean best practices.
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 their Longview campus, Hatco can truly say its hats are 'American Made, Texas Proud' and 100 percent made of fur, unadulterated with inferior wool filler, a fact that other brands and manufacturers cannot make. 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.