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Hand Made in Vermont Since 1920
Vermont Glove Chainsaw

WE MAKE EXCEPTIONAL GLOVES FOR UTILITY PROFESSIONALS, TRADESPEOPLE, AND PEOPLE WHO USE THEIR HANDS.

Made out of supple goat leather, our gloves are designed to work as hard as you do. We are deeply reverent of our long heritage as a family-owned & operated company. We are stubborn as hell and committed to functional design, the highest quality materials and the most effective methods. We value social and environmental sustainability as much as we value hard work, and are madly committed to using natural, renewable materials. We aspire to use our enterprise as a platform to advocate for environmental stewardship, economic equity and social responsibility. On top of all that, we make damn good gloves.

DRIVEN BY OUR MISSION, NOT OUR PROFITS

We make gloves that protect people’s lives and hands. We do that by investing in our designs, employees, supply chain and manufacturing methods. But that’s just one piece of our pie. We can’t make high quality gloves without taking care of our environmental footprint or the well-being of our employees. In the last two years, we’ve upgraded our factory to be net zero. That means our electricity comes from a solar array on our roof, and our heat comes from renewable wood pellets. Our supply chain is in the U.S.A., and we make all of our gloves in our factory, with employees who make a living wage.

Our social and environmental ethic is the piston that drives our company. By employing sustainable energy, renewable materials and sensible designs, we make better gloves, with a lower carbon footprint, that will last, so you won’t have to buy another pair for a really long time.

We are supporting our local, rural Vermont economy by building a thriving, profitable business and creating meaningful, equitable jobs. We use our business as a tool to make a difference in our community, promote environmental stewardship, and support the active lifestyles that inspire those values.

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COMPANY HISTORY

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 1906 | Richard Ernst Haupt immigrates to US from Germany, after serving as a silk glove apprentice in Austria

1919 | Kurt Reichel moves to Randolph, VT from NY and starts a glove company making silk dress gloves, with Richard Haupt running the operation

1920 | Dress glove business fails, Richard Ernst Haupt runs company on behalf of bank

1929 | Business fails due to stock market crash, NH man buys & changes name to The Linwood Company, Richard Haupt stays on as manager

1929 | Richard Haupt develops lineworker glove

1939 | Richard Haupt & John Robb buy company from The Linwood Co.

1945 | Robb sells his shares to Haupt, enlists for WWII

1951 | Richard sells to his sons Kurt, Karl & Walter. Walter gets bought out shortly after

1960 | Factory moves to Whiting Milk Creamery (current location)

1960s | Business booms, selling in 48 states, to electric, cable and telephone companies

1980-’85 | U.S.A manufacturing begins to be widely outsourced overseas

1994 | NAFTA signed, allowing overseas manufacturing to grow & become more viable, crippling GMGCo’s utility market share.

Early 1990s | GMGCo develops a relationship with Smith & Hawken, selling private label to consumers.

2000s | Business slowly dries up. Company kept in business by longstanding relationship with Smith & Hawken, who continues to buy gloves because of high quality and workmanship.

2011 | Kurt Sr. works in business until he dies at age 90. He gives his shares to his three sons: Kurt Jr., Kristin and Kieran. Kurt Jr. buys out other sibling’s shares.

2018 | Sam Hooper buys a struggling Green Mountain Glove Co.. from Kurt Jr. He continues to produce the same utility gloves that GMG has made since 1929, because he sees value in the product, and market opportunity in the company.

2019 | GMGCo. becomes Vermont Glove, leverages current product line to reach new trades and consumers, transitions glove factory to run on 100% renewable energy, invests in operational efficiency, while continuing to use existing machinery from the 1920’s - 1950’s. Positions company for growth through sales & marketing efforts.

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Richard Ernst Haupt

Founder, Green Mountain Glove, photographed at the Whiting Factory, 1961

Brothers Kurt & Karl Haupt, 1961

Brothers Kurt & Karl Haupt, 1961

Kurt Jr. & Kurt Sr. Making Gloves, 1991

Kurt Jr. & Kurt Sr. Making Gloves, 1991

Green Mountain Glove Employees, 1949

Green Mountain Glove Employees, 1949

A lineworker for Central Vermont Public Service Corp. works in a pair of Green Mountain Gloves, 1967

A lineworker for Central Vermont Public Service Corp. works in a pair of Green Mountain Gloves, 1967

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OUR Team

Sam Hooper, President of Vermont Glove

Sam Hooper

President

Grateful for the opportunity to spread and grow the Haupt family legacy, Sam’s life goal is to embrace the climb of growing and creating a meaningful company and provide a platform to affect people's lives and have a positive social and environmental impact on the world.

When not working on the business or in the factory, you will find him throwing hay bales, cutting wood, and enjoying endless games of horseshoes with his father at the East Brookfield, VT homestead where he grew up. 

Heidi Haupt, Vermont Glove

Heidi Haupt

Operations Manager

The fourth generation of Haupt family glove makers, Heidi is in charge of product quality and production. 

She has been stitching gloves for over 18 years and is proud of the product and company that her family has built over the past century.

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Lauren Bomalaski

Team Lead

Lauren is our utility infielder - she does any and every step in the glove making process that is needed, from cutting to shipping to customer service. 

Originally from Alabama, she ventured further north over the years, calling Central Vermont home and a wonderful place to raise her daughter Birdie.

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Pam Nickle

Sewing Supervisor & Stitching Trainer

Pam is a sewing machine! She moved to Vermont from Cleveland with an extensive background in industrial textile work, which she brings to the floor here at Vermont Glove.


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Daphne Herwig

Master Cutter

Daphne has been cutting gloves here for over 28 years, and can read a side of leather like a Dostoevsky novel. Born and raised in Randolph, she also provides the team with her eggs from her farm.