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Stormy Kromer Gives Thanks & Giveaway

Give Thanks

It’s that time of year when we reflect on what we are grateful for. We asked a few of our employees what they are thankful for this holiday season. Here’s what they said:

SK Employees Give Thanks

I’m thankful for the simple things in life, like a Friday night spent at home, with a glass of wine, a good movie, and my hubby. – Andrea

I’m thankful to have a caring family, especially a brother, that gives the best advice in any situation. – Bonnie

I am thankful for sports! With all of the conflict in the world, it’s nice to have something to watch and forget about everything else. – Joel

I’m thankful for the opportunities I’m given every day. – Suzanne

I am thankful to get up and come to my job every day hoping to help at least one person. – Becky

And last but not least, we’re all thankful for YOU, our customers. To show just how grateful we are, we’re giving away three $500 gift certificates! Just place an order from November 16-25 and you are entered to win.*

Good luck, happy shopping and best wishes for a great holiday season!

*No purchase necessary to enter. See below for the full list of rules and entry methods.

Stormy Kromer® “Gives Thanks” Sweepstakes (“Promotion”)


  1. ELIGIBILITY:Promotion is open only to legal adult residents of the 50 United States (including District of Columbia), the age of majority or older in their state or district of residence at the time of entry.  Employees of Stormy Kromer, USA (“Stormy Kromer” or “Sponsor”) and its parent companies, affiliates, franchisees, sales representatives, distributors, agents, and vendors involved with this Promotion, and the immediate family and household members of all such employees, are not eligible to enter or win. Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations
  2. TIMING: The Promotion begins on November 16, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on November 25, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”).  Sponsor’s timeclock shall be the official timekeeper for all Promotion purposes.  Evidence of submitting an entry does not constitute evidence that Sponsor received such entry during the Promotion Period.
  3. TO PARTICIPATE: Simply make any purchase through the Stormy Kromer website at www.stormykromer.com during the Promotion Period using a credit, debit or gift card accepted by the site, and the transaction will automatically be entered into the drawing for a prize.  Individual purchases made during the Promotion Period will automatically be entered, but only one entry per day per person per email account.Alternate Method of Entry:  Alternatively, you may enter without making a purchase by hand printing your first and last name and email address on a 3″ x 5″ card and mailing it during the Promotion Period in a properly stamped envelope postmarked no later than November 25, 2015 and received by December 2, 2015 to: Stormy Kromer “Gives Thanks” Sweepstakes AMOE, 1234 Wall Street, Ironwood, MI 49938. Limit one (1) entry per person per day per email account during the Promotion Period (total maximum number of entries per person per email account: ten (10)).Any entries submitted in an effort to exceed the allowable number of entries, and all other entries by such potential entrant, shall be void.  Entrant must have a valid email address in order to enter the Promotion.  In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the entry will be deemed the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder to the Sponsor or forfeit the prize. Normal Internet access, phone, and usage charges imposed by your online or phone service may apply.
  4. SELECTION OF WINNERS:  Shortly after December 2, 2015, the Sponsor will randomly select three (3) qualifying entries to receive a prize.  The odds of receiving a prize are based on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. All potential winners will be notified by email based on the contact information provided to Sponsor in connection with the entry.  Failure to respond to the initial verification within five (5) days of notification or return of notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts will result in disqualification. If any notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, the originally selected winner will forfeit the prize in its entirety and an alternate winner may be selected by random draw.  Award of a prize and confirmation of winner is contingent upon potential winner’s qualifications and compliance with these Official Rules. If the prize is forfeited or unable to be awarded to a potential winner for any reason, Sponsor may award the prize to an alternate winner selected by a random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.
  5. PRIZES:  Three (3) winners will each receive a $500 Stormy Kromer gift card.  Maximum total ARV of all prizes to be awarded: $1,500. Limit one (1) prize per person and per household. Prizes may be subject to limitations and restrictions as stated on the prize or in the prize materials.  Any and all applicable federal, state, and local taxes and all fees and expenses related to acceptance and use of a prize not specifically stated herein are the sole responsibility of the individual prize winner. Prizes cannot be substituted, assigned, transferred, or redeemed for cash; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at its sole discretion. Sponsor will not replace any lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen prizes.
  6. GENERAL CONDITIONS:  Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Promotion, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, damaged, stolen, misdirected, or illegible entry information; lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, garbled transmissions or miscommunications, telephone transmission problems; computer or software malfunctions or damage to a user’s computer equipment (software or hardware); technical failures; or other errors or malfunctions of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, or otherwise. Proof of purchase will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term herein shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROMOTION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process, any website associated with the Promotion, and/or the legitimate operation of the Promotion; to violate these terms; or to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. If, for any reason, the Promotion is not capable of running as planned, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, void any suspect entries and (a) modify the Promotion or suspend the Promotion to address the impairment and then resume the Promotion in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these terms; or (b) award the prizes at random from among the eligible, non-suspect purchases received up to the time of the impairment. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.
  7. RELEASE & LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:  By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree that Sponsor, and its respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment and marketing agencies, website providers, web masters, and their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (the “Released Parties”) are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.  ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY, OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PROMOTION OR IN ANY PROMOTION-RELATED ACTIVITY, INCLUDING ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE INTERNET SITE (WWW.STORMYKROMER.COM) OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SAID SITE, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY.
  8. PUBLICITY, LIABILITY & ELIGIBILITY RELEASE:  Except where prohibited, acceptance of a prize constitutes winner’s consent that their photo, name, likeness, voice and/or biographical data may be used by Sponsor in any medium worldwide for advertising and promotional purposes without limitation and without additional notice, compensation or consent.  If requested, each potential winner who accepts a prize must complete an affidavit of eligibility, liability release and publicity consent (collectively, “Documents”) within fourteen (14) days of Sponsor’s request.  If the potential winner fails to complete, sign, and return the Documents within the required time period, the prize may be forfeited.
  9. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate federal or state court located in the state of Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Promotion, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of Michigan, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the state of Michigan.
  10. PRIVACY: Sponsor and Sponsor’s agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives or service providers may use entrants’ and/or referrals’ personal information submitted with entry for purposes of prize fulfillment or as otherwise stated herein and/or for future marketing by Sponsor, such as to notify them of a product or promotion that Sponsor thinks may be of interest.
  11. WINNERS LIST: For a list of winners available after January 31, 2016, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for receipt by February 28, 2016 to: Stormy Kromer “Gives Thanks” Sweepstakes Winners, 1238 Wall Street, Ironwood, MI 49938.
  12. SPONSOR:  Stormy Kromer USA, 1238 Wall Street, Ironwood, MI 49938.

Employee Profiles: Samantha Steur

Samantha Steur, Stormy KromerI was made in Canada, but I know what it means to be made in the U.S.A.
-Samantha Steur, Product Development Coordinator

We’ve got a certain knack for American craftsmanship, and when we say “made like you,” we’re talking about honesty and passion. We’re genuine, and the gear we make is genuine, too. I’m proud our products live up to their reputation, and I truly feel lucky to work here.

When someone asks what I do, I say I take “baby” products—ideas, sketches, products in the earliest stages—and hold their hands until they’re grown up enough to go to market. I make sure every item is what it should be. And when you see something you’ve drawn in your sketchbook on a real live person, it’s quite a thrill.

So what gear do I wear? Well, I’ll say this: when the new products for Fall 2016 come out, I won’t be wearing anything but Kromer!

Employee Profiles: Steve & Mary Jo Welch

Steve & Mary Jo Welch, Stormy KromerWe’ve been married for 17 years, so we already know what it’s like to work together.
-Steve & Mary Jo Welch

Steve had been at Stormy Kromer for about eight years—working on manufacturing software and helping out in the Computer Aided Design department—when he heard of a position opening up in embroidery. He immediately thought of his wife.

And just like when he proposed, Mary Jo said yes, right off the bat.

“He’s so happy at the Kromer factory, I thought it would be a good place for me, too,” she said. “I got the embroidery job and have since moved into the Quality Assurance Department, where I get to inspect everything and help make sure ‘made in America’ means the highest quality standards.”

It’s been two-and-a-half years of being co-workers, and when you ask them the hardest part of sharing an employer, they’ll tell you “There is none.”

Steve says he’s “Glad to be helping so many smart, hardworking people produce so many good-looking, well-made products,” and while he could be talking about any one of the 120 employees here at Kromer, we’re pretty sure he’s referring to Mary Jo.

Employee Profiles: Jim Berton

Stormy Kromer Employee Profiles: Jim BertonThere are two kinds of people: the kind who work at Stormy Kromer, and the kind who wish they did.
-Jim Berton, Media Specialist

The folks who work here are the lucky ones. And when people ask what I do, I tell them I have the best job in the world, at the best place in the world, for the best people in the world. For 12 years, that’s been true every day.

Technically, though, I’m a “media specialist,” which is French for “graphics, embroidering, digitizing, photography, and anything else they’ll let me do.” Truly, I’ll do anything I can to help, and not just because my wife and I both get our paychecks here. (Yep. She was hired on the same day as me.)

We love it here. We have passion for what we do and where we’re from. And when you buy a piece of Stormy gear, you’re not only getting the highest-quality American-made merchandise money can buy, you’re getting a piece of the company—something made by hardworking Americans who put their reputation on the line every day to guarantee your satisfaction. Just try it on, and you’ll feel that passion, too.

Employee Profiles: Jennifer Cvengros

Employee Profiles: Jennifer CvengrosCome see me, and I’ll show you how “Made in America” is done.
-Jennifer Cvengros, Engineering Department

I work in the engineering department at Stormy Kromer, and that means I get to figure out the most efficient way to make the best products. I work on the prototypes, and I determine how much each piece is going to cost to produce. I even get to sew every now and then.

Most importantly, though, I get to work with a great bunch of hardworking people, and we’re helping keep jobs in the U.S.A. I’m more proud of that than anything. I think we all are.

I want people to buy our products, of course, but I also want them to come to our factory in Ironwood, to take the tour, and to see meet the people who make “Made in America” happen. It’s more than just making hats, it’s really something we can be proud of.

Employee Profiles: Patti Alexander

Employee Profiles, Patti AlexanderI make sure you get what you ask for.
– Patti Alexander, Distribution Center Work Lead

Anytime you order an item from Stormy Kromer, it’s made by hardworking people who care about and take pride in making the best product they can. It’s my job to make sure you get that product on time.

My department (Packing and Shipping) works as hard as anyone here to make sure our orders get shipped out correctly and efficiently. And I’ll tell you, the best thing I’ve ever seen was around Christmas last year, when we had 32 pages of orders one day. Everyone jumped in to help—people from other departments, people just coming out of their offices to chip in and get the orders out.

Those are the kinds of people who work here—who make your Kromer gear—and they take the same kind of care as you would, if you were making it for yourself. I’m lucky to get to work with them.

Employee Profiles: Dennis ‘Mac’ McRae

Every day on the job is the best day on the job.
– Dennis ‘Mac’ McRae, Purchasing Director

MacCUOkay, I know how that sounds, but for the most part, every day here is great. I work with hardworking, dedicated people, and the company is growing, changing, expanding, and that keeps me coming back.

What do I do here? I’m responsible for sourcing and purchasing the raw goods our gear is made from: the best wools, cottons and other fabrics from all over the world. And for 34 years, I’ve been proud to help keep the team working by keeping up with the growing demands for those raw goods.

I’ve got ten Kromers of my own (my favorite of which is the waxed cotton cap), and I guess what I want to say to other Kromer fans is thank you. Thanks for helping keep a legend alive and growing. Thanks for supporting Made in the USA.

Employee Profiles: Cheryl Bjork

Would you like it tomorrow? Okay then, how about today?
Cheryl Bjork, Production Manager


I started working at Stormy Kromer 11 years ago because it’s a flexible, family-friendly place to work, and anyone who shows interest and ability has an opportunity here. They have a place to grow and build their skills.

I started as an entry-level inspector—a very important job and one I was proud to do—and have since moved up to the position of production manager. That means I’m the one who makes sure we have enough of the right items in inventory to fill our orders.

And that means it’s up to me when you get your gear; my goal is to ship it the day you order it.

College Colors Day

Did you know today, August 30th, is College Colors Day?

We didn’t, until a few days ago when one of our employees stumbled on their website.  We decided to have a little fun with it, so some of our employees got together wearing Benchwarmer Caps in their college colors.

Are you sporting your college colors today?  Is there a Benchwarmer Cap for your school?