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Since 1889, Carhartt has supported the communities it serves; a commitment that continues to this
day. Carhartt’s Community Affairs program –
The Carhartt Way – embodies the spirit of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt, and his passion
to support those in need.
The year 1889 was a time of steel, smoke, and locomotives.
Starting with only 2 sewing machines and 5 employees, Hamilton Carhartt established Hamilton Carhartt &
Company. At first, he failed. But after asking railroad workers what exactly they needed, he succeeded.
Under the motto "Honest value for an honest dollar," the Carhartt union-made bib overall was created, and
with it, an ideal garment for workers. Always one to be original, he added the extra "t" to his name to
By 1910, Carhartt had grown to include mills in South Carolina and Georgia, as well as sewing facilities in
Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, Walkerville, Toronto, Vancouver, and Liverpool. A Paris facility
and a New York office and warehouse followed later.
"I believe that when a man wears an article that I manufacture, his self-respect is increased
because he knows that it is made by an honest manufacturer, who is honest with his employees." Hamilton