Testimonials

Our engagements with clients and vendors employs a proven set of tools that produce top-quality textile solutions and principles that produce long-lasting partnerships. From supplying commercial and military aircraft with the best airplane seating to providing innovative solutions for mass transit partners,  pharmaceutical applications and safety engineering services to furnishing restaurants and hotels with top-notch upholstery services, First State Manufacturing has earned a strong reputation. Today, we’re the leading manufacturer for the mass production of transportation seating, commercial upholstery products, custom tarps and covers, and so much more.

But don’t just take our word for it. Read what some of our friends have said about working with us:


“The folks at First State Manufacturing are highly ethical, good communicators and good at identifying an issue and providing a solution. Thorough, pleasant, and very honest.”
Judy Gaitens-Arneson, CN Clark


“FSM knows what they are doing. When they call us, they typically know exactly what they are looking for. I honestly can’t say enough about how solid First State is.”
Paula Dalton, Bondcote Corporation


“I typically only work with First State Manufacturing. They are so easy to work with! The thoroughness and detail they're able to provide make it clear what the company’s needs are. It takes the "guess" work out of it, which makes for quick and accurate results. As far as improvements go, I cannot say I have any to provide.”
Sarah Tew, Paiho North America


“They are really great with communication and delivery. We prefer First State over all others.”
Sue Pettera, Supply Core


“I am proud to say that First State Manufacturing is one of my best suppliers. When speaking to other people in the business. I’m constantly telling them, ‘If you want a job well done, go to First State!’”
Michael J. Waskey, PQAR, East Region, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics


First State Manufacturing has been a very reliable and important vendor for Lockheed Martin in helping us to provide Vehicle Covers to support our American Warfighters in the field. First State Manufacturing has been flexible in ramping up their production to meet our constantly changing needs. I so appreciate that -- as does our customer -- the US Army.
Keith Schepis, Lockheed Martin


"First State Manufacturing is "God's Gift" to aircraft cover manufacturing, and is now V-22 certified. They’ve been tasked with providing the entire suite of V-22 aircraft plugs and covers. Eli, the president and CEO, and Ashley (the executive director) both came many times personally to PAX and now New River to perform most of the advance design and prototyping work themselves. Our trip to New River produced yet another cover to exceed user expectations….”
Bill Stone, V-22 Development Deputy, Logistics, NAVAIR


"First State Manufacturing is the company I can trust as a real partner. I still remember when their people came to Japan with the prototype they made according to our requirements and at their cost, and then performed fit check in an aircraft where there was no air conditioner during a very hot and humid Japanese summer. I have never seen such hardworking people in other American companies."
Takashi Asano, Japan Aerospace Corporation


“First State Manufacturing began working with us in 2012. They have exceeded our expectations on quality and service which has allowed us to secure a large custom piece of business with a Fortune 50 Company. The folks there are all responsive, focused and driven to help us grow our business. We value our business relationship with First State Manufacturing!”
Dave Neuer, President, NEUTECH Packaging Systems


"We've found First State Manufacturing to be the type of supplier that always puts the customer first. From problem solving, to redesign and delivery on multiple projects, First State provided attention to detail and prompt delivery on every order. I couldn't ask for better individuals with whom to work! We look forward to having First State work with us for all of our future projects."
Darlene Blystone, C.P.M, Perry Baromedical


“It is our pleasure to recommend First State Manufacturing as a qualified vendor for mass transit seating and volume manufacturing services. FSM has the technical capacity to produce quality projects that fulfill current and future marketplace demand. We’ve witnessed the high level of dedication with which they have pursue all partnerships. We’re confident First State Manufacturing can meet Amtrak’s high expectations for seat project manufacturing services…”
Lisa Weis, Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership