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If home is where you hang your hat, American Made Cap Company is home in Crowell.

"It's really a big impact on the town, to have this business here, and keep it here," Rickey Eavenson, the co-owner of American Made Cap Company, said.

About three years ago, the company that has been in Crowell since the 1970's and an epicenter of the towns economy was on its way out. 

That is, until friends Rickey Eavenson and Greg Bednarik came in.

"The town didn't need to lose anyone, so I thought I'd do one good thing in my life and try to keep this thing here," Eavenson said.

Since then, the two ranchers and wheat farmers have transformed the company from a business that sold $220,000 in caps to more than $500,000 in products.

American Made has 24 employees that make between 600 and 1,000 hats a day.

One of those employees is Frances Langar, or just simply...Miss Frances. At 84 years young, she's been at American Made for 34 years. 

"There's a lot of styles going through, so everybody has to learn things a little differently," Langar said.

Miss Frances said that at times, she was concerned about the plant closing. If that happened...

"Well, no work for sure! I probably wouldn't have looked for everything else."

But she doesn't need to worry about that...anymore. 

"I think the reason this place is still here is the craftsmanship," co-owner Greg Bednarik said. "The ladies and men that work here all these years know what they're doing, and I think that's testimony to a good west Texas work ethic."

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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