First State Manufacturing, Inc.

Mounting & Attaching Products

AMTRAK Awards New Contracts to FSM

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 for the Amtrak fleet. We have worked closely with Amtrak for the past few years to determine how First State Manufacturing could streamline manufacturing...

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Going Green
Electrical Equipment & Systems

Going Green

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing recently received Green Energy funding via their companion company; GrowUSA LLC due to their successful installation and implementation of their Green Energy initiatives.Â-  The initiative included a small scale photovoltaic field installed on the roof of their Milford, Delaware manufacturing facility in 2011.  The solar field takes up about...

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FSM Awarded New 5-year Contract with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
Mechanical Components and Assemblies

FSM Awarded New 5-year Contract with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that they have been awarded a new 5-year contract with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to provide continuous refurbishment of rail car seating for their transit system. WMATA runs six lines through 91 stations over 117 miles of track and has over 1100 cars in its inventory," said CEO and President Dave Hitchens. "When they...

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FSM Awarded Amtrak Contract
Architectural & Civil Engineering Products

FSM Awarded Amtrak Contract

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that they have been awarded their first 5-year contract with Amtrak to provide textile support for their interior fleet renovation projects. Over the past 2 years we have worked closely with our partners at Amtrak to fulfill the work that we have been awarded to date. They were smaller orders than this award.Â-  Our quality cut and sew...

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First State Manufacturing Celebrates the Next Generation

MILFORD. As a part of their ongoing partnership with education and community, First State Manufacturing once again hosted Cape Henlopen High School’s Textile students as part of the National Manufacturing Day celebrations. Alayna Aiken, Cape Instructor for the course, shares “the tour of FSM is always exciting…to see the inside workings of manufacturing is eye opening. Year after year the...

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Scott Crothers to Lead Military Division at the 2017 Industrial Fabrics Association International Expo

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing (FSM) is proud to announce that Scott Crothers, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for First State Manufacturing, has been chosen to lead the discussion for the Military Division at the 2017 Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, September 25-28. A member of the Military Board since 2013, Crothers has been a...

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The Leadership of First State Manufacturing (FSM) Has Announced Additions to Its Ever-Growing FSM Family

Milford, DE - With on-going expansion and vision for continued growth in the future coupled with its commitment as an industry leader, employing the industry’s best remains its mission. FSM’s new hires do not disappoint. Please join us in welcoming, Michelle Gist, Marketing Administrator, Dale Sands, Director of Manufacturing, and Edie Santoro, Production Manager. To learn more about First...

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Whitney Coker joins FSM as Quality Manager

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that Whitney Coker has joined the team as Quality Manager. “Ms. Coker has an extensive background in quality engineering and manufacturing process development,” said Vice President and CFO John Gonzales. “Her experience and talents will align with our anticipated growth as we move into 2017.” Mr. Gonzales continued ‘Whitney has already...

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Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of FSM Distribution Center & Warehouse

Milford, DEÂ- - First State Manufacturing Inc., (FSM) officially opened the doors of its new warehouse and distribution center on October 18th, 2016 with a grand opening and ribbon cutting which was attended by Senator Tom Carper, DEDO Secretary Bernice Whaley and Milford Mayor, Bryan Shupe among many others. “This facility will not only allow us to serve our national customers, but our...

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First State Manufacturing Announces that Kim Taha has Joined the Team as Human Resources Director.

“Kim’s sixteen year background in Human Resources in a manufacturing environment is proving to be invaluable,” said Vice President, Sher Valenzuela. “As we go through this unprecedented growth period, her ability to guide us through the challenges of ramping up our facility and the endless opportunities that come with being an employer will be a beneficial for all of our team.” “Kim...

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Alex Burgos Earns Promotion at First State Manufacturing

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that Alex Burgos has been promoted to Assistant Manager of Production overseeing the cutting area, commercial and government projects as well as sharing oversight of product engineering. “Alex has been with First State for over fourteen years,” said President and CEO Eli Valenzuela. “I met him at church when we were able to announce that...

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Mayelin Rodriguez Promoted to Assistant Manager of Quality Assurance.

Milford, DE – First State Manufacturing announces that Mayelin Rodriguez has been promoted to Assistant Manager of Quality Assurance. “Ms. Rodriguez has been with First State for over seven years,” said Vice President Sher Valenzuela. “Her eye for quality and ability to effectively communicate with our team, our vendors and our partners has been well developed over time. She is...

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Eli Valenzuela Resumes President and CEO Position at FSM

Milford, DEÂ- – First State Manufacturing announces that Mr. Eli Valenzuela will be reassuming the duties and responsibilities of President and CEO of First State Manufacturing after the unexpected passing of Mr. David Hitchens. “Mr. Hitchens helped us build upon a very firm foundation,” said Mrs. Sher Valenzuela, Vice President of First State Manufacturing. “His business acumen and...

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