A little different kind of company

Since 1919

Our Commitment

In 1919, three brothers, Rex, Bob, and A.K. Reed founded a little dry goods business in an old warehouse in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Their vision was to build a company that offers high-quality garments, fair pricing, timely delivery and unshakable integrity. They sought out the best fabrics and the most reliable suppliers they could find to serve their customers.

Through weathering the 1920 depression, the Great Depression of 1929, a second World War and fifteen recessions, we've remained strong. REED Manufacturing has evolved over the past 100 years into a company known throughout America. We're known for making tough, comfortable, and long-lasting work garments that never compromise quality, value and integrity.

Over A Century Of Quality

This uncommon blend of form, function-style and substance–is the heart of the REED difference. And it could only come from a company with the unique, dual-background in fashion and uniform apparel that spans 10 decades.

  • 1919

    Rex, Bob and A.K. Reed founded REED Brothers in Tupelo, Mississippi.

  • 1959

    Bill Reed takes over as CEO for Rex Reed; company renamed Reed Mfg Co.

  • 1970

    REED Manufacturing started its uniform division, prior to that REED mostly worked with JCPenney, Sears and Mervyn’s in the retail space.

  • 1986

    REED launches first consignment program with Mission Linen.

  • 1992

    REED buys Ginatex, a manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic.

  • 1994

    Ed Nelson becomes CEO.

  • 1997

    REED buys Overseas Jeans Co in the Dominican Republic.

  • 2007

    Final garment manufactured in Tupelo before completing transition offshore.

  • 2014

    Employees buy out REED Family and become an Employee-owned business.

  • 2020

    Zeb Atkinson becomes first President & CEO not related to the REED family.

Integrity in
every stitch

A lot has changed since 1919. However, what hasn’t changed is our commitment to remain one of America’s most experienced and reliable resources for garments that fit right, wear well and last long.