Staff Report First State Manufacturing Inc., (FSM) is growing again and is seeking to fill over 25 positions at all levels within the company. As a growing northern Sussex county manufacturing company, FSM is conveniently located just off Route 1, close to downtown Milford businesses, making it an easy and attractive commute. FSM has experienced continued 24% annual growth since 2012 and anticipates that the trend will continue. Due to several ongoing contracts with AMTRAK, Washington Metro Transit Authority, Japanese Defense Ministry, the Israeli government, Air Mobility Command, Naval Air Command, Defense Logistics Agency and its own Turnova™ turnstile safety padding product, production runs are steady and consistent.
“We anticipate that we will bring a minimum of 25 new staff into the facility immediately to match the growth we have experienced,” said Sher Valenzuela, Vice President of First State Manufacturing. “We are hiring a diverse talent pool including sewers, technicians, supervisors, managers and directors for various positions.
FSM has always focused on developing our team from within and we currently work with very strong group of talented people. It is time however, for us to seek a few more and we’re very excited about the direction in which we are headed. In the coming months, as we integrate the new staff, we will reevaluate and plan to offer more specialized positions at the management level. Our growth has been strategically planned and we have held off adding to our team until we understood the scope of the work. The work is now here and we are ready to hire.”
“Under (former CEO and President) Mr. Hitchens leadership, FSM became involved with the Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce’s push for an Economic Development Commission,” said CFO and Executive Vice President John Gonzales. “His strength as a strategic planner, was in knowing and understanding that our growth as a company, in addition to other growth in the area; including the new BayHealth Campus, the library and other initiatives would impact the Greater Milford area for decades. When that commission began our leadership team felt that it was imperative that the structure of this community be able to support this growth. It was and still is part of our corporate social responsibility program. The fact that FSM is now in a ramp up phase with new projects, partnerships and products shows that downstate Delaware has growth in the manufacturing sector. The last few years have been just the beginning for FSM and we are excited to continue to grow.”
First State Manufacturing is an award winning company and is one of the most successful manufacturers of its size in the nation, manufacturing products which include carpet refurbishment; mass transit seating, V22 seats, plugs and covers; C130 seating solutions; C5 refurbishment; missile and truck covers and pharmaceutical supplies. First State Manufacturing has earned its reputation for providing solutions that solve the challenges its customer’s face, while providing employment opportunities that enhance the lives of its employees and their families.
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