September 1, 2015

Dave Hitchens appointed President & CEO

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that Mr. Dave Hitchens has accepted the responsibility of the position of President and Chief Executive Officer for the company. “Mr. Hitchens has been with First State Manufacturing in various capacities since 2012 and has been a key element to our planning and business development,” said Chairman and founder Eli Valenzuela. “His business acumen and strategic planning skills have been essential as we continue to foster our strong partnerships in the world of commercial transit, pharmaceutical services, military support and developing our own proprietary products while continuing to maintain our long-standing contracts.”

Growing from humble beginnings in 1997, First State Manufacturing has become an award winning company and is one of the most successful manufacturers of its size in the nation.  Providing quality upholstery and cut and sew services to the U.S. military, municipalities and a wide array of commercial customers, First State Manufacturing has earned its reputation for providing solutions that solve the challenges its customers face, while continuing to grow manufacturing jobs in Sussex county. 

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