Newcastle Hats have been manufacturing stylish work hats, wholesale hats and outdoor bush hats since 1988. The company created the concept of washable squashable hats, which is now common place in Australia as a great work hat. We also import products as well as sell Australian hats. The key to this new style has been the innovative use of fabrics that had never previously been used in the manufacture of hats. Fabrics have been selected on the basis of lightweight, breathability, and washability. This has created a hat that is considerably more comfortable, cooler and practical than conventional hats. We have continued to lead the industry in innovative designs and uses of fabrics produced with techniques that ensure the highest quality is achieved.
Our customers come from three main groups: the general public through direct retail sales, wholesale customers who resell the product, corporate organizations/government bodies and sporting/cultural groups who supply their people with hats. The majority of our sales come from the last group. Our clients cover the complete spectrum of businesses and include some of the most prominent and extensive corporations and government authorities in the country as well as small family owned businesses. As a result there are hundreds of thousands of Newcastle Hats that have proven their comfort and durability over many years through out Australia, North America, Europe and New Zealand.
The business was started by Bob Cruickshank and Carol Graham in 1988 and for the first 13 years the business was located in various premises in Newcastle. They grew the business steadily, relying largely on word of mouth through satisfied customers to attract new customers. This strategy produced a business that sold a huge range of hats through out Australia.
In 2001 the business was sold to Rob and Annie Lord who subsequently relocated to purpose built premises in Coonabarabran, North West NSW. This has enabled an expansion of manufacturing capacity, to better compete against cheap imports, whilst maintaining the high quality standards the business has been renowned for. The ability to develop new designs to meet individual customers needs remains a key benefit of dealing with Newcastle Hats.
As of May 1st 2015, Newcastle Hats is now owned by VISIONSafe, an Australian owned and operated safety product supplier located in the Perth hills.