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Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that they have been awarded two new multi-year contracts with Amtrak to provide repair and refurbishment of upholstered needs and to operate a distribution center supplying new cushions nationwide for the Amtrak fleet.

“We have worked closely with Amtrak for the past few years to determine how First State Manufacturing could streamline manufacturing processes, provide quality work and satisfy the tremendous needs of Amtrak.   We have successfully been manufacturing and delivering new cushions, cutting carpet and shipping with on-time delivery and this is an extension of that work,” said President and CEO Dave Hitchens.  “We know that Amtrak refurbishes every car in their fleet every four years.  It is a constant and demanding need,” said Scott Crothers, Vice President of Marketing, “When we visited Amtrak in Indianapolis, we learned what goes into that process, we looked for efficiencies and savings and have been able to demonstrate to Amtrak that First State Manufacturing can provide a high level of service and production at a good price.”  

Mr. Hitchens commented, “Amtrak serves nearly 31 million passengers averaging almost 85,000 daily passengers, causing a great amount of wear and tear on their fleet.  First State Manufacturing is very excited to now be contributing to the effort of providing comfort to every one of Amtrak’s passengers. “First State Manufacturing currently works with Amtrak on a smaller scale as well as manufacturing proprietary products and working with other partners that include the North Carolina Department of Transportation operated by RailPlan, Massachusetts Transit operated by Keolis, Washington-Metro Area Transit Authority and  both national and international military partners that include the manufacture of V22 Osprey seats, plugs and covers; C130 cargo aircraft seating solutions; C5 aircraft refurbishment; missile and truck covers, covers and upholstery for amusement park rides and pharmaceutical supplies.

“In addition to adding the custom cut and sewing of new cushion covers, foam fabrication, rehabilitating existing cushions and carpet cutting for Amtrak, First State Manufacturing is in the process of reallocating existing space and renovating the other half of our 75,000 square foot facility in order to house the new distribution center which will double the footprint of our workable space,” said Mr. Hitchens.  “We have been planning for this for over a year; hiring and training new sewers, managers and production technicians, working with our community partners to plan for our renovations and planning with our vendors for the requirements of the additional work we’ll be undertaking.  We are changing the face of manufacturing in Delaware and we are continuing to grow.” 

To learn more about First State Manufacturing, go to www.FirstStateMfg.com, or contact Vice President of Marketing Scott Crothers at 302 424 4520.

DATE:   01/20/2016
SOURCE:   First State Manufacturing
 

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Nothing is Impossible: Hurdles in Life and Business Propel First State Manufacturing to New Heights

Milford, Delaware (January 26, 2014) – This week commercial sewing company, First State Manufacturing represents Delaware manufacturing and American ingenuity on the editorial series This Built America.

DATE:   01 / 30 / 2015
SOURCE:   First State Manufacturing

On the heels of reports from Moody identifying Delaware as the only state at risk of falling back into recession, First State Manufacturing (FSM) announces its biggest year yet. Eli Valenzuela, Owner and Chairman of FSM, said "if you think about it, we are all manufacturing something. I am humbled by our success and good fortune and love the idea that I can be a contributor to a better life in Delaware for the people I serve everyday".
DATE:   01 / 28 / 2014
SOURCE:   First State Manufacturing

Becoming a supplier for Lockheed Martin is not an easy task.  With a business environment more competitive than ever, Lockheed Martin looks for suppliers who can demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, and who can deliver a product better, faster and smarter.  After meeting the requirements of the demanding process to become a supplier, vendors continually undergo an assessment to maintain excellence in quality, price, delivery and continuity of supply, capacity and reliability.
DATE:   05 / 17 / 2013
SOURCE:   First State Manufacturing

On Friday, May 4, government, community and business leaders came together for what turned out to be a standing room only audience as FSM Owner Eli Valenzuela, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Delaware State University President Dr. Harry Williams, and the City of Milford Mayor Ronnie Rogers, to form a public-private partnership for the purpose of launching the “First State Moves the Nation” (FSMN) Accelerator.
DATE:   05 / 01 / 2013
SOURCE:   First State Manufacturing

First State Manufacturing, Inc., a leader in the manufacturing of industrial, government and commercial upholstery announces the receipt of AS9100 Rev C Quality Management Systems Certification.

DATE:   05 / 01 / 2013
SOURCE:   First State Manufacturing