Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. is an apparel manufacturing company primarily known for its largest brand, Dickies. The company was founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1922 by C. N. Williamson and E. E. "Colonel" Dickie, who began a denim bib overall company selling workwear to farm and ranch hands around the Southwest. Today, Dickies is a global brand found in more than 100 countries designing, manufacturing and selling workwear to the automotive, hospitality, construction and medical industries. Williamson-Dickie also owns the Walls, Liberty and Kodiak brands.
|Founder||C.N. Williamson and E.E. "Colonel" Dickie|
Fort Worth, Texas,
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
|Brands||Dickies, Walls, Liberty, Kodiak|
C.N. Williamson and E.E. "Colonel" Dickie began their business careers in the "vehicle and harness" business in Bryan, Texas. In 1918, they and a few friends established the U.S. Overall Company. Then, in 1922, C. Don Williamson joined with his father and cousin to buy 100% of the overall company on a one-third-each basis and renamed it Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company.
From its early years, Williamson-Dickie enjoyed steady growth which was slowed only by the Great Depression, and during World War II, the company produced millions of uniforms for the nation's armed forces. In converting to civilian production after the war, C. Don Williamson began a strategy of geographical expansion and established new production facilities, warehouses, and sales territories throughout the United States. In the late 1950s, Williamson-Dickie became an international company by expanding into the European market and the Middle Eastern market - where Texas oilmen introduced the Dickies brand to Middle Eastern oil fields.
Dickies is currently sold in all 50 U.S. states and throughout the world in countries such as Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Australia, Russia, Chile, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Iceland, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland with COH Sales Ltd, Croatia, Poland and Mexico.
In 2014, Jerry Leigh of California became the exclusive licensee for Dickies Girl juniors’ apparel.
Williamson-Dickie Europe Ltd is based in the UK in Radstock, Somerset. Previously known as Dickies UK, this division of the company now operates across the entirety of Europe and the Middle East for both the workwear and streetwear product ranges.
- Dickies history site
- "Dickies® Acquires Kodiak Group Holdings Inc.", Business Wire, April 01, 2008
- "Dickies® Acquires Walls Industries." Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company, June 03, 2013
- "Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. Signs New Junior Apparel License" Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company, Dec 10, 2014
- "VF Corp buys Dickies for $820 million"