American Needle


American Needle is one of the worlds oldest cap manufacturers and distributors in the world. The company was founded 1918 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and is currently a privately owned corporation. In 1946 American Needle made history by being the first hat manufacture to ever have their hats sold in a ballpark, Chicago’s Wrigley Field to be exact.

American Needle currently holds licenses with the MLB and NHL allowing them to produce fitted hats and caps bearing the NFL team logos and names. For more than twenty years American Needle also maintained a non-exclusive license to design and manufacture headgear bearing the NFL clubs’ names and logos. However in 2000 that all changed when the National Football League granted Reebok an exclusive license to design apparel and headwear which caused the license with American Needle to come to an end. Since then the American Needle has been battling the NFL and Reebok in the Supreme Court which is turned into an issue that has lapsed over 9 nine years now.

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