Monthly Archives: August 2013

Made In America: Bollman Hat Company

The Bollman Hat Company has been in Adamstown, Pennsylvania since 1868. Its now one of two hat companies left in the area and one of only a handful in the United States to keep every step of production under one roof, starting with raw cotton. They make just about every type of hat that you can imagine. They have also supplied hats for the U.S. Olympic team and own brands such as Kangol.

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

Made In America: UCAN Zippers

Next up in the Made In America series is UCAN zippers in Los Angeles. I was out there on a trip not too long ago and through some luck managed to work out a visit. UCAN is one of only a handful of companies in the United States that still makes zippers.

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

FILE: UCAN Zipper Factory

Made In America: The Rodon Group

I’ve been photographing more and more factories over the last few months so I think its time to make it a series here on the blog.

The kind folks at The Rodon Group in Hatfield, Pennsylvania let me visit and photograph their production floor not too long ago. While the Rodon Group might not be a household name, their sister company K’nex might ring a bell. Rodon manufactures all of the pieces for K’nex sets and also has a booming custom plastic molding business for other clients. They also had a robotic fella named “Baxter” working away, who reminded me a bit of Johnny Five.

FILE: Rodon Group Plastic Injection Molding Factory

FILE: Rodon Group Plastic Injection Molding Factory

FILE: Rodon Group Plastic Injection Molding Factory

FILE: Rodon Group Plastic Injection Molding Factory

FILE: Rodon Group Plastic Injection Molding Factory

FILE: Rodon Group Plastic Injection Molding Factory