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New Era Factory

Photograph By FLOTO + WARNER For ESPN The Magazine

New Era's Buffalo, N.Y.-based factory employees 350 people, including these workers who hand-sew parts of the cap. The vast majority of them focus on one single step, but four experienced women called the "A-Team" have mastered every component. When New Era needs an ace for a special project, like sewing together a large mascot cap, it calls in a member of the A-Team.