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Guelph's Other Hat Companies: Fried-Grills and Jochimeck Drone

When hats are mentioned in Guelph, everyone thinks about Biltmore Hats Inc. While the position of this company and its products is important, it was not the sole producer of hats in this city. Two other companies made this product in Guelph; both have connections to Biltmore. They were Fried-Grills Hats - the predecessor to Biltmore Hats and the Jochimeck-Drone Hat Company.
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Making Felt in Guelph: The Story of the Lancashire Felt Company

St. Patrick's Ward (The Ward) was once the city of Guelph's industrial area. It was home to many manufacturing operations with reputations extending outside of the city's boundaries. Among them were the International Malleable Iron company (IMICO), Gilson's, WC Wood, the Guelph Stove Company, Matthews-Wells and Biltmore Hats. Yet, many companies who contributed significantly to the city's economic and social ell-being have been forgotten. Among them is the Lancashire Felt Company.

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