January 20, 2016

FSM awarded 2 AMTRAK contracts

“We have worked closely with Amtrak for the past few years to determine how First State Manufacturing could streamline manufacturing processes, provide quality workmanship and satisfy the tremendous needs of Amtrak.  We have successfully been manufacturing and delivering new cushions, cutting carpet and shipping with on-time delivery results 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 FSM can provide a high level of service and production at a goof 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 that 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 such as the Turnova (www.theTurnova.com) and working with other partners that include the North Carolina Department of Transportation operated by RailPlan, Massachusetts Bay Transit operated by Kelois, Washington-Metro 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 exsisting cushions and carpet cutting for Amtrak, FSM is in the process of reallocating exisiting space and renovating the other half of our 75,000 square foot facility in order to house additional employees and 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 and production technicians and managers, 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.”

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