at the turn of the century, George Kromer, an engineer for
the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, decided that there
was not available a single cap of quality materials and manufacture
which suited the needs of railroad men. So he made one.
drew up the design and specifications. His wife, Ida, did
the cutting and sewing. The cap had to be one-hundred percent
cloth with a soft flexible visor. It had to cling to the head
despite strong gusts of wind that plagued rail hands everywhere.
Ida Kromer added her own touches., a sweatband of absorbent
cloth and an outside band which could be pulled down over
the ears. The Kromer cap was born.
Demand for Kromer caps increased many times over, throughout
the world. The original railroad cap was joined by plain colored,
polka-dot and multicolored designs for indoor and outdoor
workmen, welders and sportsmen.
Kromer Cap Co., Inc. continues to produce the entire lines of tradtional cotton headwear.
The winter wool cap production, however, has now been taken over by
Jacquart Fabric Products, Inc.
sales continue to increase and manufacturing techniques at
our Wisconsin manufacturing facilities have been updated,
one practice remains from the days George and Ida Kromer worked
in their Kaukauna home.
cap is still individually inspected.