SK: What do you do at Stormy Kromer?
PB: I’m the work-lead for the outerwear line. That means I do a little of everything when it comes to our vests, the Town Coat, the Mackinaw Coat and the Airman’s Jacket. I make sure the orders get done in order; I make sure the shelves are stocked; and I sew right alongside my girls.
SK: That’s all?
PB: Almost. I’m a supervisor, so there’s management duties, too. I help employees with personal stuff, if they need it. We’re pretty close around here.
SK: So what’s Bob (Jacquart, owner) like as a person?
PB: He knows what he’s doing. He’s got a good background. He’s a nice guy, easy to talk to. Bob’s got a good company to work for—they put employees first. And taking care of your kids is very important to him, so if your kid’s sick or something, he’s very supportive.
SK: What’s the best day you’ve ever had on the job?
PB: I’ve been here so long, I don’t know if I can remember it! Seriously, it’s just great to work here.
SK: How long?
PB: Twelve years with Bob at Jacquart Fabric Products and two years now at Stormy Kromer.
SK: What do you do when you’re not making great outdoor gear?
PB: Well, my husband is an avid fisherman, and I’m not. So I sit in the boat with my historical romance novels.
SK: What’s your single favorite Kromer item?
PB: Petal Pusher, hands down. My husband, Rick, wears the original and always has. But they put that flower on there, and it’s adorable!
SK: We talk about being “True. Since 1903.” What does that mean to you?
PB: We’re true to the American way of doing things. True to the legend and what we believe a legend should be. True to the craft and to old-fashioned standards. We’re authentic in everything we do.
SK: Anything else you want to tell Stormy Kromer fans?
PB: We’re a happy little family here, and we all work together to make sure Stormy Kromer gear is an exceptional value. We take an extreme amount of pride in our work.