E.R. Byer, a young millionaire, sold his Michigan business in the early 1920's and began travelling South to further his fortune and investment. E.R. Byer's investment was in fact a brilliant young hat maker by the name of Harry Rolnick, who was operating a small hat factory. E.R. was one of Rolnick's customers and he was so impressed by his flair for fashion, devotion to quality and his professionalism, that in 1927 the firm of Byer-Rolnick was founded in Dallas, Texas. Men's felt hats in Western and Dress stylings were their first production and they were both marketed under the newly created brand name "Resistol Hats," meaning to resist-all weather.
In the beginning distribution was limited to Oklahoma and Texas, but innovations like Kitten Finish amd Self-Conforming (an innovation in the finishing process of felt) gained national exposure and in 1938 prompted expansion to a much larger facility in Garland, Texas, where today Resistol hats are still being manufactured.
Byer-Rolnick's success continued and the Resistol brand was about to become the greatest name in western hats. To gain better control over the flow of product and the quality, Byer'Rolnick acquired a fur cutting plant and built a rough-body plant in Longview, Texas. Because of these acquisitions, Byer-Rolnick became the first and only manufacturer to operate the complete felt hat making process, which included over 200 processes. Because they operated all phases of production, Byer-Rolnick was able to obtain maximum quality control and produce the most consistent and finest hats known the world over.
Resistol hats continue to be in high demand and "the small hat factory" is the largetst manufacturer of headwear in the world, they are now a part of Hatco, Inc. Every phase of production is still controlled and operated to ensure products of only the highest quality.