Kentucky rooted Carhartt under fire


The apparel manufacturer Carhartt is catching the wrath of an outraged nation after announcing they would still require (mandate) employees to take the coronavirus vaccine, even after President Biden’s “mandate” was slapped down by the United States Supreme Court.

A huge part of Carhart consumers are conservative, i.e. farmers, hunters, laborers, etc. It is those who have raised their voices loud for the montra “Boycott Carhartt!!”Carhart headquarters are located in Dearborn Michigan, but the company also has deep roots in Kentucky, with distribution operations in Madisonville, and sewing plants in Edmonton and Irvine.

According to “,” Dearborn Michigan is in Wayne County Michigan, considered very liberal with 68.3% of the people voting Democrat in the last presidential election. Only 30.3% voted for republicans. The remaining 1.4% voted independent. Wayne county voted Democratic in every Presidential election since 2000.

Estill County and much of Kentucky would fall under the umbrella of highly conservative. According to the same source. In the last Presidential election, Estill County remained overwhelmingly Republican, 78.0% to 20.7%

WBON-TV9 has obtained this memo issued to Carhartt employees regarding the decision:

“Carhartt made the decision to implement its own vaccine mandate as part of our long-standing commitment to workplace safety.  Our recent communication to employees was to reinforce that the Supreme Court ruling does not affect the mandate we put in place.

“Carhartt fully understands and respects the varying opinions on this topic, and we are aware some of our associates do not support this policy. However, we stand behind our decision because we believe vaccines are necessary to protect our workforce.”

It is yet undetermined at this time how the decision and the boycott from Kentucky and the rest of the nation will affect the Company’s position, but WBON-TV9 will continue to follow the story and developments.


  1. The right leaning bias in this article is too strong to be taken seriously. “Wrath of an outraged nation” are you serious? There are plenty of people that support the company’s mandate as well. It’s ok if you want to cover the conservative perspective of this issue, but either leave it in the op-ed section or also cover the other side as well.

  2. Good for Carhartt! This is not a liberal or conservative issue, this is a health issue that affects everyone.

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