At Paramount Apparel International, LLC. we are known for our quality craftsmanship, strong leadership, and great ability to forecast market needs. As a privately held corporation led by the third and fourth generation of the founding family, we offer renowned customer service and have an instilled environment of pride.
Our Mission Statement & Values
We create consumer products that embellish and enrich people’s lives. Our responsiveness, continuous improvement, and empowerment of all team members are the pillars of our success.
- Speed: Driving and quickly responding to all aspects of the business.
- Well-being: Promote a healthy family/work balance as well as a safe, stimulating, and enjoyable work environment.
- Excellence: Establish high standards and strive to exceed them.
- Passion: Enthusiasm and dedication to what we do without complacency.
- Trustworthiness: Always doing the right thing for our customers and team members.
Paramount Cap Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1929 in St. Louis, MO by William and Simon Rubenstein. When The Great Depression hit two months in, William and Simon sewed, sold, and shipped their own caps. They not only survived The Depression, but grew in spite of it.
The Rubenstein brothers moved their company from St. Louis to Bourbon, MO, where the corporate headquarters remain today.
Norman Rubenstein, William's son, starts working at Paramount in manufacturing during the week and as a salesman on the weekends. In 1950, he takes over the reins at Paramount.
Mark Rubenstein and Bruce Levinson start with Paramount, working in all departments of the company and learning the business from the ground up. In 1980, the third generation of leadership takes over when Norman retires. Mark becomes Chairman & CEO and Bruce becomes Vice Chairman & CEO.
In 1990, Paramount Cap Manufacturing Co. becomes Paramount Headwear, Inc. By 1994, Paramount becomes one of the largest manufacturers of headwear in America, expands their operations, and employs roughly 3,500 people.
Paramount expands several divisions of the company and doubles their creative department, allowing for greater ingenuity in both headwear and apparel design.
Paramount becomes full-service premium and promotional products company by offering custom embroidery and silk-screening on all its apparel and accessories. Alex Levinson joins Paramount and the 4th generation of leadership begins.
Paramount expands its horizons by becoming a global company, and in 2001 becomes Paramount Apparel International, Inc.
Focused on expanding its product offering, Paramount launches its Licensed Products Division and immediately begins to develop headwear and accessory lines with brands such as Ben Sherman and Perry Ellis.
Now known as PAi Inc. New additions in the remodel includes five new automatic presses, two automatic folders and baggers, and new driers. Expanding its personnel, PAi becomes stronger than ever, with its customers reaping the benefits of happy employees and quality products.
Paramount becomes a sponsor of the St. Louis Fashion Incubator because of its international design presence and expertise. Also, the creative department is expanded by opening up a design center downtown.
In 2012, Paramount buys Imperial Headwear, the leading manufacturer and marketer of premium quality headwear for the golf market.
Imperial opens their finished cap factory in Ellington, MO, now producing over 2m caps annually.
CPC purchases Paramount Apparel International and its flagship golf brand Imperial. Their mission is to buy, build and hold great business for the long term.
Global Responsibility: Eco-Friendly
Diversity Equals Empowerment
At Paramount, we hold true to our local community’s values, work ethic and diversity while continually striving to reflect the diversity of the greater community that makes up our nation.
We know that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger and more creative work environment, which in turn delivers better results for our team, our customers and our communities.
We believe that what makes you unique is also what makes you valuable. Allowing everyone to feel empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work builds an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of all of our team.
Most importantly, creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work is simply the right thing to do.