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Custom Sales Rep Bag

In the last 10 years, Gary Manufacturing has been able to achieve excellent success in the custom bag industry.  Every request we get for a custom bag or custom cover is an opportunity to hone our skills in sales, production, and the manufacturing process.

Recently, a Midwest lighting company contacted us to produce a carry bag for an expensive light fixture.  This bag needed to cradle the specialty display equipment as well as house the sales reps’ notes and tools for use while on an outside sales call.  They had tried off-the-shelf products but due to the odd shape of the item, they realized the only solution was a bag that was custom designed specifically for their purposes.

Our custom sales expert was able to use her knowledge and experience to guide them through the front-end process seamlessly.  The lighting company sent us the fixture so we could design a bag that fit perfectly and functioned as needed.  We used 600/300 Denier Nylon for a durable solution as well as foam padding to protect the fragile piece of equipment.  We used heavy duty zips and removable clips to create a shoulder strap that was adjustable.  Adding the secure carry handle to the top of the bag was important to the customer so we made sure it was properly reinforced to handle the weight of the contents.

Our production team was able to turn the sample around within the week.  See the image below for the completed product;

Our customer was thrilled with the finished design and quality product we were able to produce for them.  They ordered 12 units right away and have subsequently placed orders for 48 more bags, all with printed logos to keep their branding at the forefront of their customers’ minds.  They have also asked us to design three other lighting fixture sales rep bags and have sent their sister company to us for other custom products.

At Gary Manufacturing we love putting the pieces of the puzzle together for our clients.  We design and manufacture with quality as a top priority.  We also are very conscious to keep costs down creating an affordable and durable product that meets your needs.

We’d like to hear from you.  Call or email us for a quote on your custom bag or custom cover needs.

Materials For Everyone

In the 60 years we have been in business, Gary Manufacturing has continued to grow and cycle our material offerings to meet current customer demand. Currently we stock over 400 different materials and have access to hundreds more. Vinyl, fabric, nylon…we have it all, and if we don’t, we’re able to find something that fits your need.

Fabric with a Purpose

Each type of fabric has its own purpose that caters to different projects we offer. If you have the idea, all you need to do is call in and let us recommend the material that works best for you. With over 4,000 square feet of space for materials, we are confident that we have something that will get your project complete.

Vinyl is Popular Again and We’re Not Talking About Records

Vinyl is one of our most popular segments of materials. With many different types of flannel, from supported and unsupported to knit-backed, flannel-backed, laminate, and scrim, our vinyl options are the most versatile in meeting your needs. From industrial shower curtains, fitted table covers, dust covers, and rack covers we can use these vinyls to create products that work in many different industries. We even have Prop-65 compliant vinyls for any companies in California that require the extra certification.

Fabric for any Project

Fabrics are also a great option depending on your project. With our nice, soft 100% polyester or one of our poly-cotton blends, you can create a custom table cloth, shower curtain or chair caps.

Our most versatile materials would be our Nylons. Customers like these options because they are super strong, water repellant, and tough for projects that require industrial strength while staying soft and pliable like a fabric. We have many different options of this material that we use for rack covers, custom bags, protective covers and custom equipment covers.  We also have many materials that are ROHS compliant to meet the current European Standards.

We believe that we are the experts and can fit your project with the perfect materials. Contact us with your requests and we do the rest. Check us out at www.garymanufacturing.com to see our work.

60 Years of Gary Manufacturing

Gary Manufacturing opened for business in 1958. Today, we do not know much about the original Gary of Gary Manufacturing, but we know that the original owner sold to Bob in the mid 1960’s.

After 20+ years of ownership Bob sold to current owners Brian and Helen Smith in April 1995. Brian and Helen have managed to turn a small factory with 9 employees into a 12,000-sq. ft. space with over 30 employees. I recently sat down with the owners and current general manager, Kerri Smith, yes… it is all in the family here, to discuss their time as owners and what they think of the 60-year milestone.

Brian is originally from England and Helen comes from Ireland, they met in Cape Town while both were traveling and later married and started their family in South Africa. After having the opportunity to own a plastics factory in South Africa in the 1970’s, Brian and Helen moved their family to America in 1981. Fourteen years of Brian working back and forth between San Diego and Seattle in the Aerospace industry, he found Gary Manufacturing was for sale. 1995 was a risky year for the Smith family, with offering up everything they have to purchase the business. Helen, wanting to insure some form of income, decided to stay in her Corporate America position for another 11 months, before making the leap to join the business in March 1996. One of the biggest challenges in the first couple years of ownership was transitioning the factory to a computer-based system. As with many companies in the early 90’s, computerization was fairly new as most work was hand written, including all receipts, invoices, orders, etc.

As with many small businesses, the landscape changes over the years. When taking over in 1995 the biggest items were aprons, table covers, and body bags. In her first year with the business, Helen managed to double the growth of the incontinence department, which accounts for a third of the business to this day.

After securing vendorship with major companies in the mid 2000’s, shower curtains started becoming a big seller for the business, it is now the best-selling product line. Most of the items come from a request, some trial and error and if successful, implemented going forward, the most surprising being our Coach Coordinates department. After a couple request for custom RV drapes, the company started a full line of drapes that have been very popular among many RV distributors and individuals across the country.

Because Gary offers so much in the way of custom products, it goes without saying that there have been many weird requests over the years, with Helen vividly remembering a request for body bags with a clear window to show the face. “That one will always stick out to me,” chuckled Helen. “I just can’t imagine wanting to view the face.” Turns out this was for a movie set.

Moving for the 3rd time to the current building in 2013 has been a favorite moment for both Brian and Helen. Mentioning the improvement of facilities and surrounding areas as a major plus. There have been low points over the years, but Brian and Helen maintained that a positive outlook is the key to success.

When asked what advice they would give 1995 Brian and Helen they both agree that it was a great move, and nothing beats hard work.

My final question was asking what the future holds for Gary Manufacturing, the business is 60 years old and still growing an average of 5% every year. Brian and Helen hope to eventually retire, but then what would they do? After owning Gary for 20+ years coming to work each day is just second nature for them and not something they plan on changing anytime soon. The future looks bright for Gary Manufacturing.

 

 

Durable Robe Bag Covers for Choirs are Perfect for Tours

These are ideal for travel or storage, as they are extra long, and hold multiple garments.  Earlier this week, we got a really nice email from Ruth D. with the First Community Church in Columbus, OH who purchased our robe bag covers for the Chancel Choir as they toured Europe this summer. She was impressed by their capacity to hold multiple garments, and their durability.  And she has a few tips about using lightweight hangers too.  She writes:
“Hello Gary Manufacturing,
I haven’t forgotten you and intend to send some pictures of the red bags on tour!  I did not go on the trip but have pictures packing them, which I have attached. They aren’t very interesting but do show how the bags looked fully packed.  And you can see how the embroidery turned out.
Durable Robe Bag Covers for Choirs are Perfect for Tours
The robe bags worked well — had 62 robes plus the director’s robe, his stole, and I think he may have put his suit in there too!!!  I used all six robe bags, tagged them A,B,C,D,E,F and made large tags with their bag letter on one side and a list of whose robes ( and robe number) belonged inside.  Each bag had 10 or 11 robes inside.
They were quite heavy and our “bag captains” deserve accolades!  Five of the six bags were carried on both the regional Columbus-Newark and the overnight Newark-Berlin flights.  One gate agent wrapped bag C in plastic and shipped it through to Berlin.   When the group got to Berlin they were holding their breath that Bag C had made it OK.  (Frankly I was surprised the airlines let them carry them on at all.)
Durable Robe Bag Covers for Choirs are Perfect for Tours
I bought the flat flocked hangers after checking online for reviews to find the most durable ones.  (I used “Joy Mangano”  from Target.)
Our robes are 2-piece worn with a sleeveless black cassock underneath and a white surplice over it.  We pack them on the hanger in reverse, however, so that the cassock holds the surplice in place and keeps its wide yoke from slipping off the hanger.  You will see that in the “packing” picture.
Durable Robe Bag Covers for Choirs are Perfect for Tours
Only a few hangers broke and I had included two spares in each bag.  The robe bag covers took quite a beating being tossed under the bus, dragged through airports, etc.  But absolutely amazingly–they washed up sparkling clean — came out of the dryer looking like new! I figured I’d send them to the dry cleaner, but one of the bag captains decided to wash his in cold water, Tide, and stuff it in his dryer.  I was concerned when I heard, but totally surprised how it turned out, so I washed the others myself.  The webbing handles are just slightly pink (!), but the embroidery and zippers remain white.
Also the hangers which were flat and lightweight.  (St. Olaf told me they use wooden hangers — must make the bags even heavier !!)
I am hoping to get a few more pictures which show the choir in concert and the bags on tour so you can see what the robes actually look like.
The choir started in Berlin, then Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, and Salzburg.  11 days.  They returned from Munich.
Thank you so much for your help and the quick service.
Ruth”
We found a nice video of the choir singing just before they left to go on tour. Enjoy!

Custom Carrying Case for 6′ Table with Pockets for Marketing Materials

About a year ago, we got a call from a firm that does marketing demos inside grocery stores.

They needed a custom carrying case for their 6′ table and all the accompanying marketing materials. Working together, we designed a case to fit their needs.

Specifically, they needed:

  • The ability to carry a big table easily.
  • The ability to store their marketing materials
  • The ability to look professional, and make set-up a piece of cake!

We decided on a strong material like nylon, added some padding to protect it’s contents, and then based on their demonstrations, designed extra pockets to hold all their materials. We also added an adjustable shoulder strap, so it would be comfortable to carry by a 5′ woman, or a 6′ man.

Above is a pic of what resulted. The firm finally had a solution to carry their tables easily, reduce set-up time by carrying everything at once, and look as slick and professional as the products they were trying to sell.

To get started with your custom project, request a quote with us today.

A Great Place to Source Fabrics

LA International Textile happens twice a year; in the Spring and Fall. This is a trade show in Los Angeles where you can find all types of fabrics.
This year, it’s April 14-16. For more information, visit the show’s website.

 

LA International Textile

Need more information on all the products we can manufacture?

Call us, we’re happy to help. Toll-free: 1-800-775-0804 or email us: sales@garymanufacturing.com

Still Sewing!

This year was surprisingly good for Gary Manufacturing.

I say surprisingly because the economy in 2009 has been tough on most manufacturers. We continued a great year with our existing clients, and found a lot of new ones! We produced a lot of chair back caps, and printed tablecloths which shows the promotional market or advertising specialty industry may be picking up again. We also refined our production on shower curtains and custom covers and custom bags.

We are looking forward to a great year in 2010 as we increase all of our product lines offering quality sewn goods, still Made In America!

For more information on this and all the products we produce, contact us today: 1 800 775 0804 or request a quote.

Finding Great Fabrics

Finding great fabrics is difficult as the industry is really fragmented, and many of the U.S. facilities have moved offshore to China.

Finding Great Fabrics

But, twice a year in Los Angeles, there is a trade show you might consider attending if you are looking for fabrics or want to learn more about the industrial sewing industry. It’s called LA Textile, and we have blogged about it before because they are great source for new fabrics. This year they are partnering with Material World, which will make the show more robust, and worth a visit.

We hope your visit is a fruitful one!

For more information on this and all the products we produce, contact us today. Phone: 1 800 775 0804 or request a quote.