A little different kind of company
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.
Rex, Bob and A.K. Reed founded REED Brothers in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Bill Reed takes over as CEO for Rex Reed; company renamed Reed Mfg Co.
REED Manufacturing started its uniform division, prior to that REED mostly worked with JCPenney, Sears and Mervyn’s in the retail space.
REED launches first consignment program with Mission Linen.
REED buys Ginatex, a manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic.
Ed Nelson becomes CEO.
REED buys Overseas Jeans Co in the Dominican Republic.
Final garment manufactured in Tupelo before completing transition offshore.
Employees buy out REED Family and become an Employee-owned business.
Zeb Atkinson becomes first President & CEO not related to the REED family.
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.