A doff of the cap to you Stormy Kromer!

stormy kromer

Winters in Seattle are pretty mild.  Plenty wet, but almost balmy lots of days.  The same can not be said of Ironwood, Michigan.   As I write this post, the temperature in Ironwood, located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is 12 degrees Fahrenheit   In order to brave 12 degree days on a regular basis, you need to cover your noggin.  The citizens of Ironwood don’t need to look far for great winter hats.  The Stormy Kromer hat has been made since 1903, and since 2001 it has been made in Ironwood.  Ironwood punches above its weight when it comes to producing world-class winter hats.

George “Stormy” Kromer was working as a railroad engineer on the Chicago &  Northwestern Railroad at the turn of the last century and as you can imagine, if you stick your head outside a locomotive chugging through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in January it gets kinda cold.  So Stormy asked his wife Ida to make him a cap that was warm and wouldn’t blow off in the wind. Soon other railroad workers wanted one of Ida’s Blizzard Caps for themselves, and the Kromer Cap Company of Kaukauna, Wisconsin was born.

In 2001, Ida and Stormy’s Blizzard Cap almost died.  Thankfully, Bob Jacquart, CEO of Jacquart Fabric Products of Ironwood, was able to rescue the Blizzard and ensure that you and I need never brave a stormy snowy night with a cold melon.  Bob changed the name of the Stormy’s iconic cap from the Kromer Blizzard Cap to the Stormy Kromer Cap.  And the Stormy Kromer is selling like hotcakes; today, annual production of the caps is 20 times what it was in 2001.  Bob and his crew hand-stitch Stormy Kromer Caps from the finest fabrics on earth.

There are 5,387 members of our extended American family living in Ironwood.  While not every one of those family members sews Stormy Kromers, you can bet that a lot do.  Be assured that when you buy a Storm Kromer, or any other hat produced by Bob and his crew, you are providing jobs for our family members that live and work in Ironwood.  In the bargain, you are getting a very cool hat.  My two favorites are the grey brimless

grey brimless

and the Flexible Fit Original Cap.

flexible fit

Regardless of what Stormy Kromer style you get, you will be warm on your next winter outdoor outing and you will be helping create employment for the members of our extended American family that live in Ironwood.

Now get shopping!


About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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1 Response to A doff of the cap to you Stormy Kromer!

  1. Jason Rood says:

    Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin, I to can attest to how brutal winter can be. The one thing I never leave the house without is, a Stormy Kromer, my Danner boots and pants of course. I may be a bit of a fanatic, as I have 9 of these wooly delights. I’m sure others may have more, but I wouldn’t have two if the first one didn’t impress me. Do yourself a favor, and cover that chimney of yours with a Kromer.

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