The Madisonville/Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation announced today that Carhartt, Inc., with operations in Hanson, has been named Industry of the Month for December in the Economic Development Corporation’s program for enhanced focus on Existing Industry.
Founded in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt, the company is celebrating 125 years of making the hardest working clothes in the world. From humble beginnings with 5 employees and 2 sewing machines, Carhartt has grown to be the industry standard for heavy duty work and sport apparel. The company now has over 2,000 United States associates, retail operations, a full women’s line, and operations in Europe in Australia. Last year alone, over 7,000,000 garments were produced in 4 American factories. Carhartt has never stopped making apparel in the United States.
A retention project announced by Governor Steve Beshear in 2011, involved an investment of over $11 million that retained 550 jobs and also created an additional 150. This endeavor allowed the company to improve operational efficiencies and improve energy conservation. Carhartt has operated in Kentucky for over 80 years, and began distributing product out of the Hanson Distribution Center in 1998. The Hanson facility is the company’s one and only North American distribution center, and employs over 750 in Hopkins County.
For more information about Carhartt, please visit: www.carhartt.com
For additional information regarding the Industry of the Month program, please contact:
Jamie Bundren, Vice President
Madisonville/Hopkins County EDC
755 Industrial Road
Madisonville, Ky 42431