History of KAM Manufacturing, Inc.
Adams started a sewing operation in her family’s garage in rural Northwest Ohio
in 1984. The business was established to manufacture quilted handbags for a
startup company in Fort Wayne, Indiana called Vera Bradley Designs. As Vera
Bradley grew their business, Kim also grew her manufacturing operation to keep
them supplied with handbags. The popularity of Vera Bradley bags increased
slowly at first but steady, and as their sales grew so did Kim’s sewing
operation. Over the years the sewing operation that started out with two
employees grew to over 200 people. Her business name was officially changed to
KAM Manufacturing Inc. in 1988.
KAM moved a number of times to larger buildings
that would handle the growing business. In 1999, KAM built a new building in the
Vision Industrial Park in Van Wert Ohio. After a
25 year relationship, in 2008, the board of directors at Vera Bradley decided
to move 90% of the handbag production to China. KAM was disappointed with their
decision, but looking back on a wonderful 25 year relationship that was made
simply with a handshake, is something that our family will always be very proud
of! KAM played a significant role in making Vera Bradley into a 400 million
dollar company that went from a privately held company to publicly traded
company. KAM produced nearly 15 million handbags for Vera Bradley
over 25 years. After
the relationship with Vera Bradley ended, our family decided to come out with
our own handbag line. Stephanie Dawn handbag line was successfully launched in
late 2008. Since that time we have seen steady growth with our handbag line
with our online sales and retailers across the country handling
our Stephanie Dawn line.
KAM is also producing products for other companies as
well. It is important to note that, even with our own line and the contract
work we are doing, we still have a great deal of manufacturing capacity.
always looking for opportunities to partner with companies needing high volume,
high quality manufactured products. KAM
has produced products for other companies over the years, such as children’s
clothes, beachwear, projects for Limited Express Company, the Pocket Plus, Hunt Comfort, Firestone, military work and
various other projects.
a family owned business with each member of the family having different skills
and job duties, along with a well trained product floor team of employees, that adds to the strength and diversification of the company.