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A Look at the History of Carhartt Products


The end of the 19th century saw an increase in the infrastructural developments, manufacturing and constructions in the US. The rise in these activities and the risks associated with the operations triggered the need for creating safe working environment for the workers. Informed by the workers’ needs, Hamilton Carhartt started the Hamilton Carhartt & company, which failed to thrive in the first instance. He consulted with the railroad construction and maintenance teams on the employee requirements and back to the drawing board. It saw the design and production of the Carhartt union-made overall; that saw quick acceptance among the railway workers.

In 1889, the company started with two sewing machines and five employees and later grew to establish branches in South Carolina, Georgia, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Walkerville, Vancouver, Toronto, and Liverpool among others. The company expressed interest in the automotive and established a line in 1911. Despite the enthusiasm, the line fell after two years of operations with the firm shifting its focus on the clothing line. During the First World War, the company gave the US government the facilities to produce military uniforms and denim for the navy and women joining the Second World War.

The economic depression of 1929 threatened the operations of the firm, which almost went down to its knees. The B01 Duck Double-front Dungaree of 1932 came to the rescue of the enterprise with the Carhartt chore coat becoming the legendary brand. After the demise of the founder, his son, Wylie to the helm of management and set up new sewing stores in Kentucky, which retains four sewing lines in both Tennessee and Kentucky. In addition, he played a vital role in the establishment of super fab and super dux hunting lines. 

In 1959, Wyllie passed the button to Robert Valade, his son in law, which changed the face of the outfit. By 1972, the company had invested into a modern production line that improved output and hence revenue for further expansion. In 1976, the firm introduced the hard finish Duck Active Jac hoodie that remains a top selling brand of the recent times. In late 70’s and 80’s the brands gained preference among users outside the blue-collar jobs such as musicians and actors. It triggered the establishment of the Carhartt work in progress branch to serve the demand coming from Asia and Europe.

With a superior brand for the oil and gas industry, the company offers a broad range of FR garments that meets industry requirements. Increased operations to serve the growing oil and gas sector came in the 70s when the brand manifested the ability to survive in the most rugged corners or the globe, at the Alaska pipeline. Since inception, the FR brands have gained widespread preference among the users prompting the establishment of the internet technologies and European operations. With over 2300 workers, the firm remains the favorite manufacturer of FR clothing, women’s garments, Storm defender and rain defender among others.

The nature of products involved in oil drilling and refinery increases the risk of fire outbreaks. Spillages and high pressure are common causes of fire outbreaks whenever they meet ignition. The need to keep workers safe in such environment is imperative in maintaining a highly motivated crew, lowering the cost of operations. Some of the flame resistant brands for oil and gas workers include:

Carhartt FR carpenter jeans   

The Carhartt FR carpenter jeans feature a fire resistant fabric and durable triple stitched seams that give protection and durability in one pack. The presence of multiple utility pockets is a great addition for holding small tools when working in confined spaces, deep rigs, and elevated platforms. Consider using these garments after your daily chores where the environment demands FR resistant clothing. They are most suitable for those working in offshore rigs where they need FR clothing for their entire stay. You need not apply fabric softeners as they can coat the FR component.

Carhartt FR Canvas Shirt Jacket

A canvas shirt jacket is a great addition to the oil and gas companies. Carhartt FR Canvas Shirt Jacket offers protection during winter and spring thanks to the thick and FR resistant fabric. Often, it is best suited for supervisors, site engineers, health and safety executives and management. It comes with antique metal snaps that make it easy to put on and off and perhaps respond fast to emergencies. Unlike the conventional brands, the shirt features a breathable twill lining that gives warmth without increasing the weight of the clothing.

Carhartt FR Hoodie hooded sweatshirt

Working in the deep offshore rigs subjects workers to the cold environment that can cause illnesses. On the other hand, warm clothing is likely to increase the sweat rate of the rig workers causing discomfort. It calls for a balance between cold prevention and sweat absorption to keep the staff comfortable at work. Carhartt FR Hoodie hooded sweatshirt is the ultimate solution for deep oilrigs and winter seasons often characterized by freezing temperatures.

The heavyweight sweatshirt features a rain lasting water repellent finish, FR fabric, and hand warmer pockets. The ability to fight odors makes it suitable for offshore rigging where staffs take one or two weeks before getting out of the rigs. As with most FR clothing, it does not require special detergents and fabric softeners to remove dirt.

Carhartt FR lightweight button down shirt

Made and tested by Carhartt, Carhartt FR lightweight button down shirt remains the bestselling in the oil and gas industry. The lightweight fabric promotes aeration and hence comfort when working in areas with high temperatures. The best part is that you can include a company logo, or perhaps choose from different colors available. With about 88% cotton and 12% nylon, you are rest assured of soft, comfortable wear that stands the test to time.

Carhartt Billings safety glasses

Eye injuries take a huge portion of all injuries that occur in the oil and gas companies. With frequent exposure to chemicals, sharp objects, fumes, dust and smoke, Carhartt Billings safety glasses gives assures protection and comfort for the users. The lightweight and frameless style and wraparound coverage provide superior protection that meets ANSI Z87.1 standards. The scratch resistant polycarbonate lens gives 99% UV rays protection.

Carhartt Carbondale Safety Glasses

Exposure to sunlight and excessive light causes injuries to the eyes. With the rising costs of injury treatment and indemnity, companies cannot sit pretty without ample shield against severe effects of sunlight. Carhartt Carbondale Safety Glasses come with flexible rubber nosepiece, dual-injected straight back temples with the scratch resistant polycarbonate complementing the blend. It comes in varying colors and variations based on specific needs of the users by ANSI Z87.1 ratings. You can select from

Carhartt Non-FR Camo Fleece Hat

While most hoodies might give ample coverage against cold temperatures and heat, they may not be suitable for some stations. Not all plants pose the risk of fire outbreaks and hence the need to match the garments with their use. Carhartt Non-FR Camo Fleece Hat complements other PPE in areas where the risk of fire is minimum or Zero. The clothing finds higher usage in areas with cold weather due to the 100% polyester fleece. The brand comes in two patterns with a leatherette label mounted on the front.

Carhartt Non-FR faces mask

A facemask is a great investment as people face the cold winter. Numerous brands have sprung up to meet the rising need for those working in frigid conditions. Carhartt Non-FR facemask comes with a Thinsulate for warmth, 100 % acrylic stretchable rib-knit material and long necks to shield off the body from cold weather. 

Michael Snyder
Michael Snyder