October 16, 2012
SK: What do you do at Stormy Kromer?
LJ: I’m one of three inspectors, and I make sure every cap that goes out is perfect. All the threads have to be cut off, the earband has to be straight, the monogramming needs to be good, no skipped stitches. Everything. On every cap.
SK: So how many caps is that for you?
LJ: Well, in five years as an inspector (she’s been with the company for seven), that makes over half a million caps. Wow. I guess that’s why they call me “Eagle-Eye.”
SK: What’s the best day you’ve ever had on the job?
LJ: We hit 612 caps in one day and every single one was perfect—not even a string to snip off.
SK: What’s the strangest day?
LJ: When nothing goes right. But, you know, that doesn’t happen too often around here.
SK: How does it feel to know you’re stitching together a legend?
LJ: I feel like a movie star. I love it. I’ve already got my picture in the newspaper—me inspecting a cap. Got it up in my living room. I’m proud. I’m the one who gets to inspect and help make that cap. It says we’re doing a good job, you know?
SK: Absolutely. It says a lot about your standards.
LJ: Yes. It’s gotta be 100%. There can’t be anything wrong with any of the gear that goes out our doors. So I look at it like I’m buying it. You don’t want a thread hanging off that you pull and it unravels. That’s not Stormy Kromer. No, it’s gotta be perfect.
SK: What does “made in America” mean to you?
LJ: We’re the only sewing company around anymore. We love our jobs. We’re proud of this. And here, you get something sewn to perfection.
SK: Anything you else you want to tell Stormy Kromer fans?
LJ: When you buy a cap, you know that Eagle-Eye has looked at it!