Carhartt was founded by Hamilton Carhartt in 1889 in Dearborn, Michigan to make work clothing for manual labourers. The company started with only two sewing machines and five workers. Carhartt’s first slogan was “Honest value for an honest dollar.” The company’s initial expansion in the 1890’s focused on railroad workers’ need for strong and long-lasting work clothes; indeed Carhartt worked closely with local railroad workers to ensure that his work bibs met their needs as perfectly as possible. Within 20 years of its founding, Carhartt had expanded its facilities into eight other cities, including locations in the United Kingdom and Canada.

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