Here at Vermont Glove, 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 business as a platform to advocate for environmental stewardship, economic equity and social responsibility. On top of all that, we make damn good gloves.
We are a 4th generation family owned business, founded over 100 years ago to serve lineworkers electrifying the country. To this day, we still outfit the hardest working tradespeople across industries.
We make exceptional gloves, but that's just one piece of our hand pie. We can’t make high quality gloves without taking care of our environmental footprint or the well-being of our employees. Our net-zero factory runs on 100% renewable energy. Our supply chain is in the U.S.A., and we make all of our gloves in our own factory, right here in Randolph, Vermont. We are supporting our local, rural Vermont economy by creating meaningful, equitable jobs supported by living wages.
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.
Brothers Kurt & Karl Haupt, 1961
Kurt Jr. & Kurt Sr. Making Gloves, 1991
Green Mountain Glove Employees, 1949
A lineworker for Central Vermont Public Service Corp. works in a pair of Green Mountain Gloves, 1967
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.
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.
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 daughters Birdie and Cleo.
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.
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.