A growing Chautauqua County manufacturer has recently expanded its production space, and the local business community and the general public are invited to come and see the new setup.
Support Enterprises Inc., a full-service industrial sewing operation, will hold an open house Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held in the space SEI occupies at The Landing, 85 Jones & Gifford Ave. in Jamestown.
Support Enterprises, which works in close collaboration with The Resource Center, primarily serves the U.S. military, but it also uses its versatile sewing expertise to create a range of products for businesses and the general public. Support Enterprises' current product line includes children's drawstring backpacks, duffle bags, timber totes, firewood rack covers, grocery tote bags, ladies handbags, beach bags, motorcycle covers, tool bags, tool belts, and canine vests and backpacks. Industrial products include fabric-based straps, pulleys or any other similar needs of manufacturing companies. Support Enterprises can perform silk screening and embroidery on most of its products.
Jon Collazo sews nonskid fabric onto a Combat Applied Tourniquet pouch.
Support Enterprises also has a research and design team that works with customers to take a concept and turn it into a prototype.
In addition to its Jamestown manufacturing space, Support Enterprises has a manufacturing location on East Chestnut Street in Dunkirk. Together, the two locations currently employ about 50 people.
Support Enterprises prides itself on the fact its products are made in America. That commitment has resonated with SEI's customers, as the corporation's income from sales increased 277 percent from 2011 to 2012.
This increase in business led to Support Enterprises' decision to expand its Jamestown manufacturing space last fall, adding 5,000 square feet. Support Enterprises has spent the last several months getting accustomed to its new surroundings and is eager to show the public what SEI can do.
Support Enterprises is led by Michael Suppa, vice president of planning and operations; Robert Schifano, product and development engineer; and Harold Roberts, general manager. Among them, they have more than 70 years of experience.
"In the past few years, we have seen considerable growth," Suppa said. "The open house is to celebrate our additional production space as well as introduce our capabilities to Chautauqua County."
Those attending the open house will have the opportunity to check out SEI's products, observe some of the manufacturing operations and speak with SEI officials. There also will be giveaways of SEI merchandise.
Support Enterprises is an independent, for-profit corporation that collaborates closely with The Resource Center. Support Enterprises performs some subcontracting work for The Resource Center's manufacturing operations, and a portion of SEI's profits is used to support people with disabilities through The Resource Center and TRC Foundation.
For more information about Support Enterprises or the open house, phone 661-1028 or visit their website, www.supportent.com.