January 30, 2015

This Built America Press Release

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. 

Nothing in life was ever handed to First State founders Eli and Sher Valenzuela. Eli, who grew up in the projects of Corpus Christi, Texas, is the true definition of a self-made man. After serving in the army, he and his wife Sher were embarking on civilian life when their infant son was diagnosed with autism. The new parents were told he’d need special services their insurance would not cover. In order to create a better life for their family, the couple took a major risk—they both quit their jobs to focus on growing First State, which until that point had been a side business for Eli.

“We didn’t know how humble our beginnings were,” says Sher of those naïve early days. “We weren’t aware of what we couldn’t do [so we just did it].”

To see how First State has grown its business, all while offering opportunities to employees in the small community of Milford, be sure to visit http:///www.thisbuiltamerica.com/delaware. Or, follow This Built America on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

First State Manufacturing joins a national movement in This Built America that is devoted to supporting American companies and American-made products. AOL is proud to support the effort along with sponsor Ford Trucks. Through the year, the editorial and video teams will explore 50 states in 50 weeks to bring 50 stories of the people who are bringing back manufacturing to America. The platform is produced in coordination with Man Made Content.

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First State Manufacturing:

Attention: Scott Crothers

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Milford, DE  19963


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