EUGENE, Ore. -- The baseball cap business is booming, and a new Lane County business grant will help one local cap company keep up with the demand.
What started as three people making caps out of West Eugene has grown to the 120 employees at Pacific Headwear.
Company president Don Dezarn said they can't keep a lid on the expansion. After 15 years in the same location in Eugene, he said they've pretty much run out of room.
“We actually outgrew this facility maybe a year or two ago. We do probably 40 percent of all of the baseball cap business in the national team market is produced here in lane county,” Dezarn said. Between their plants in West Eugene and Virginia, the company cranks out over 5,000 custom caps per day.
The plan is to pack up the plant and move to the Coburg-North Business Park. A Lane County business incentive grant is helping cover the cost.
“A lot of it has to do… it's a local company that's done very, very well. The incentive money that we've provided stays with that site,” said county commissioner Sid Leiken.
Dezarn says the $125,000 will not be wasted.
“My sincere appreciation goes out to all the county commissioners for understanding the Pacific Headwear story being a homegrown business here,” Dezarn said.
The county grant comes from state video lottery revenue. Dezarn tells me they're spending $2.5 million to expand building 11 at the Coburg-North Business Complex.