November 19, 2013, www.philly.com
To understand why Don Rongione wants people to buy American on Tuesday - American Made Matters Day - put yourself on the factory floor of Bollman Hat Co., where on Friday the president and chief executive watched Tony Lehman fashion wool felt into a tuxedo-ready top hat.
Tugging on finely crafted Texas wool felt as if it were hosiery, Lehman pulled the black fabric around a mold of wood blocks to form the sharply creased crown. That old-style skill, brought stateside by Germans, was one of the first things Lehman learned 31 years ago when he landed a job at Bollman, America's oldest hatmaker, outside Reading.
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