At American Hat Company in Bowie, Texas, employees hand produce one of the most iconic hats in American History. The company is known for their straw and felt cowboy hats shipping them all over the world. American Hat Company was founded in 1915 and was originally located in Houston, Texas. Keith Maddox bought the company in 2002 and moved it to Bowie. President of American Hat Company Keith Mundee says all the pieces just fell into place for Maddox to make the move. “The Economic Development Department was a big piece of it; he had some friends that he knew here in Bowie. The Economic Development Department made this building available to us, the building fit our needs perfectly and it’s been a great partnership with the city of Bowie and the Economic Development Department,” Maddox said.