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History

Our Story

PARAMOUNT CAP MANUFACTURING CO.™ CO-FOUNDED

Paramount Cap Manufacturing Co.™ was founded by William and Simon Rubenstein in Saint Louis, Missouri in 1929, two months before the nation became impacted by The Great Depression.

The company not only survived, but grew in spite of it.

THE MOVE TO BOURBON, MISSOURI

Later, the Rubenstein brothers moved their company from Saint Louis to where the corporate headquarters remains today… Bourbon, Missouri.

 

THE NEXT GENERATION

Norman Rubenstein, William’s son, starts working at Paramount as a manufacturer during the week and as a salesman during the weekends. In 1950, he takes over the reins at Paramount Cap Mfg. Co.

FAMILY TRADITION CONTINUES

Mark Rubenstein and Bruce Levinson begin their careers at Paramount, working in every department of the company and learning the business from the ground up. In 1980, the third generation of Leadership takes over when Norman retires. Mark becomes Chairman & CEO and Bruce becomes Vice Chairman & CEO.

 

TREMENDOUS GROWTH

In 1990, Paramount Cap Manufacturing Co. becomes Paramount Headwear, Inc.

By 1994, Paramount becomes one of the largest manufacturers of headwear in America, expands their operations, and employs roughly 3500 people.

 

EXPANDING DIVISIONS

Paramount expands several divisions of the company and doubles their creative department, allowing for greater ingenuity in both headwear and apparel design.

 

MORE THAN HEADWEAR

Paramount becomes a full-service premium and promotional products company by offering custom embroidery and silk-screening on all its apparel and accessories. Alex Levinson joins Paramount and the 4th generation of Leadership begins.

WORLD CLASS

Paramount expands its horizons by becoming a global company, and in 2001 becomes Paramount Apparel International, Inc.  PAi boasts a world-class supply chain, from immense screen-printing and embroidery facilities to superior logistics, fulfillment and warehousing capabilities, with the ability to simultaneously operate single piece drop shipments direct to consumer to full trailer loads to multiple DC’s. PAi has remained a privately held corporation and is led by third and fourth generations of the founding family.

Attention to detail with quality products, renowned customer service, and an instilled environment of pride remain PAi’s focus today.