Automotive Trimmings, Apparel Findings, and Related Products

SIC 2396

Companies in this industry

Industry report:

This category includes companies that manufacture automotive trimmings, apparel findings, and related products, and those that specialize in printing and stamping on garments and apparel accessories, including silk screen printing. Corporations classified in this industry make trimmings, bindings, and linings for items such as hats, suits, coats, neckties, purses, and luggage. They also make shoulder pads, shoulder straps, waistbands, ribbons, bows, sweatbands and visors for caps, and other components to be used by the textile industry.

According to Dun and Bradstreet's 2009 Industry Reports, the automotive and apparel trimmings industry was valued at $1.7 billion. About 2,100 establishments employed 23,890 workers, and 90 percent of these businesses employed fewer than 25 people. Illinois accounted for $260.2 million in sales in 2008, followed by California with $248.5 million and Ohio with $205.5 million. Rounding out the top five states in terms of revenues in this industry were New York with $86.1 million and Missouri with $80.8 million.

In 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau reported shipment values in the various product classes that make up this industry as the following: motor vehicle seating and interior trim, $19.8 billion; other apparel accessories and other apparel manufacturing, $667.6 million; commercial screen printing, $8.6 billion; and other miscellaneous textile products, $4.7 billion. In the automotive seating and trim sector, 429 establishments employed 52,866 people, 72 percent of whom were production workers. The commercial screen printing category had 70,429 workers (69 percent production workers) employed by almost 4,000 establishments.

In 2008, QST Industries Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, which makes men's clothing component parts such as linings, shoulder pads, and waistbands, had sales of $187.9 million. Among the leading companies in this classification that supplied the automotive industry were Prince Corp. of Holland, Michigan, which has operated as a subsidiary of Johnson Controls Inc. since 1996; Findlay Industries Inc. of Findlay, Ohio, with about 2,500 employees and estimated annual sales of $555 million in the mid-2000s; TS Trim Industries Inc. of Canal Winchester, Ohio, with estimated annual sales of $130 million; and HFI LLC of Columbus, Ohio, with estimated annual sales of $27 million.

Companies in this industry operated plants outside the United States to better supply their customers. For example, Findlay Industries operated manufacturing plants in Mexico and Canada as well as Europe. Likewise, QST Industries has been operating a manufacturing plant in Hong Kong since the 1980s to supply pockets, interlinings, and other components to overseas textile plants. The company opened a new plant in Mexico in 1999 and a third plant in the Dominican Republic within another year. International efforts in the 2000s focused on emerging markets in Asia, and by 2009, QST had operations in more than 32 countries.

Imports from overseas continued to pose a challenge to American businesses. Imports of goods in this classification from China totaled $885 million in 2005, up from $765 million in 2004.

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