SSM Industries, Inc., values their “Made in the USA” heritage and label. As a cutting edge fabric manufacturer, founded and family owned since 1982, SSM caters to patriotic customers and serves a wide market looking to buy “Made in the USA”.
Under the leadership of Scott Hilleary, President, CEO, SSM Industries makes its mark as a full service safety and protective fabric manufacturer. Spinning, Knitting, Weaving, Dyeing and Finishing all take place under one roof, in the USA.
In a recent Q & A, Hilleary presented the benefits of being a fabric manufacturer with a made in the USA label.
“The reason that made in the USA is vital in fabric is that, unlike most if not all aspects of garment assembly, the quality and particularly the protective properties of fabrics are not visible to the end user. If you pick up a garment that is supposed to be life and limb protective, can you tell by looking that it is flame retardant? Or, if it is a treated fabric, that it was treated to be durable to normal washing? Or, exactly if the fiber content indicated by the label is in fact what was used? Other than color, what textile properties can actually be seen? Weight? Strength? Shrinkage?”
“Our advantage is that SSM Industries has long been known for its technical problem solving in knit fabrics and in the last several years adding woven fabrics. We produce our fabrics vertically meaning that we have an unprecedented array of yarn and fabric formation, performance fiber dyeing, and application of functional finishes under our own roof, at our disposal, available to develop highly technical and customized solutions for a demanding, performance oriented industry. And, with recent plant and equipment investments, we are able to provide this technical expertise in a very cost competitive offering.”
Hilleary believes, “SSM’s technical superiority has made a dramatic difference in the military’s ability to clothe our soldiers in the best protective clothing systems ever offered, and this has certainly been apparent in our revenue growth. We now believe that our recent investments in plant and equipment will allow us to offer a meaningful combination of this same technical prowess and cost effective delivery to the protective work wear market.”
SSM Industries provides many made in the USA fabric options including Pro-CFR ® 12 Cal, the lightest weight, highest Arc Rated Flame Resistant Cotton made in a comfortable knit construction and in brilliant color options and, Pro-CFR ® Fleece, 10.5 osy, a fabric perfect for the cool weather months and light enough for the southern climate.
Please visit our website at www.ssmindustries.com for information on more of our Made in the USA fabric options.