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Eastman Machine Company has a long history of American-made cutting solutions. Our family-operated business has engineered and assembled products in the United States for five generations.

From classic fibers to modern composites, Eastman’s US-based customers cut a wide variety of materials for their own American-made products. As a machinery manufacturer in the US, we help companies across industries continue production, even when global supply chains are interrupted.

The current state of the world has the potential to usher in “American manufacturing’s next chapter.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, the strengths of an American supply chain are on display. Companies sourcing their equipment and materials domestically have a distinct advantage in a time when efficient procurement matters immensely. These resources are more readily available and can arrive faster than their overseas counterparts.

This advantage benefits the end users of products made in America as well. Companies with geographically convenient suppliers, as well as designers and engineers located near their manufacturing facilities, can more quickly pivot to essential products. These companies can continue manufacturing their usual products alongside PPE and other in-demand items.

These advantages are highlighted by COVID-19 but they are by no means unique to the current pandemic. “[S]ince March [2020], the share of North American manufacturers who say they are interested in bringing their operations home has leapt 10% to 64%.”

Supporting American Manufacturers

Eastman is proud of its longstanding role within this supply chain, even as a part of the process that end users often don’t consider. Manufacturing companies in the US, including Eastman, form close relationships with their points of contact within the domestic supply chain, enhancing the quality of both the partnership and the finished goods.

Throughout more than 130 years in business, we have continuously designed and manufactured cutting machines engineered to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our commitment to high-quality machinery manufacturing in the US is matched by US-based lifetime support for our machines. Because of the long term relationships we form with our customers, we’re able to help them adapt in times of change by providing innovative solutions, whether they’re manufacturing PPE or offering new products to their customers.

SeaCanvas’ S125 Static System

SeaCanvas usually makes custom marine canvas, for applications ranging from powerboat enclosures to sailboat dodgers, with its Eastman S125 Static Table Cutting System. Now, their Southern New Jersey facility is manufacturing face shields cut by the American-made S125.

Read more about SeaCanvas’ transition from marine to medical.

Saratoga Horseworks’ Eagle C125 Conveyor System

In the Capital Region of New York, Saratoga Horseworks’ Eagle C125 Conveyor System usually cuts custom equestrian equipment. Now, the computer-controlled cutting system, designed and manufactured in the United States, cuts face shields and isolation gowns.

Read more about Saratoga Horseworks’ commitment to sourcing innovative American-made materials and machinery.

America Knits’ Talon 25x™

America Knits prides itself on its American grown, American made apparel. This commitment to a domestic supply chain extends to its machinery as well. The Georgia-based manufacturer uses an Eastman Talon 25x™ as an essential component of its cut-and-sew facility.

Read more about America Knits’ efforts to manufacture PPE.