Military Custom Sewing


Since 1929, Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc. has designed and fabricated a diverse range of technical fabric products for the U.S. Armed Forces, its Allies, the defense industry, commercial OEMs and for a host of industrial applications.

Our product lines encompass military fabric items, including most everything the modern war fighter carries, such as medical first aid kits, mask carriers, MOLLE pack accessories, communication cases and strap assemblies. Ehmke’s additional product lines include the thermal acoustical blankets (FSC 1560, 2840 & 5640) supplied to the Boeing Company Integrated Defense System Division that are installed in the Boeing CH-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey Rotorcraft, as well as the fabric components and screens that comprise the Mobile Kitchen Trailer (FSC 5411 & 7360).

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Military Custom Sewing from Ehmke Manufacturing Company

For over 80 years, our customers have relied on Ehmke Manufacturing Company for custom-sewn military products that meet their stringent military specifications, production needs, quality standards and delivery requirements.

In fact, Ehmke Manufacturing Company recently capped its 75th anniversary by receiving one of the U.S. Small Business Administrations highest honors by being recognized as the SBA’s 2005 National Prime Contractor of the Year, an award presented to a small business that has provided the U.S. Government and industry with superior goods and services.

Over the years, the company has garnered numerous awards for its design and fabrication expertise, including the 2007 Boeing Performance Excellence Award, the 2007 Defense Logistics Agency Innovative Business of the Year Award, 2004 Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, the 2002 Boeing Global Supplier of the Year for Small Businesses Award, and the Industrial Fabrics Association International Award of Excellence from 1998 thru 2002 and in 2004.

Ehmke Manufacturing Company is an ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100:2016 registered company – one of the very few in the textile industry. By meeting this international quality standard, Ehmke Manufacturing Company’s Engineering & Design Department in cooperation with our Quality Team ensures our customers that all our products are constructed in compliance with all applicable drawings, specifications and requirements.

Our Quality System utilizes highly trained and experienced operators measured by strict quality control procedures. This enables Ehmke Manufacturing Company to deliver defect-free products under demanding delivery time frames. This is why Ehmke Manufacturing Company has maintained a 100% quality rating and a 98.02% delivery rating under the Boeing Supplier Performance Rating System.

As further evidence of our culture of quality, Ehmke Manufacturing Company is experienced in all aspects of sewing fabric, stitching and sewing seams in accordance with FED-STD-751. Our company maintains a stable database of master patterns for over 8,000 NSN items and has an expert knowledge of dimensioning and tolerancing in accordance with ANSI-Y14.5.

Ehmke Manufacturing Company’s ongoing commitment to technical design and fabrication excellence is illustrated by our list of valued customers that include some of the world’s largest military and defense contractors:

  • The U.S. Army Natick Research Center
  • The Defense Logistics Agency
  • The U.S Army, Navy , Marines and Air Force
  • The Boeing Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • General Dynamics
  • L-3 Communications
  • General Electric

Our company’s business philosophy is rooted in its commitment to provide creative solutions to meet our clients’ highly specialized needs.

Ehmke Manufacturing Company utilizes many LEAN Enterprise initiatives throughout our organization to eliminate waste and inefficiency in our processes, resulting in reduced lead times and enhanced production flexibility for our customers.

We maintain an extensive array of single-needle sewing machines, double-needle sewing machines, box and bar tackers, computer-aided cutting tables, various presses and punch machines, fabric welding machines and grommet machines.

The integration of these various machines into our LEAN Manufacturing, flexible production lines allow Ehmke to produce a diverse product line of industrial and technical fabric items, including:

  • Thermal acoustical blankets
  • Soft-sided cases
  • Bags
  • Tarpaulins
  • Covers
  • Safety harnesses
  • Straps
  • Web assemblies

Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc. is classified as a Small Business and is located in a federal designated HUBZone