About C.E. White
The Latest Chapter in The C.E. White Company ® Story
The C. E. White Co.® was founded in Ridgeway, OH by Clayton White to manufacture mattresses sold directly to the public and, later, to furniture stores. Today, we’re part of HSM — a global manufacturer of integrated solutions and components to the transportation, furniture, bedding, and several other diversified markets. This is a brief overview of The C.E.White story:
In the 1940s, the company moved to New Washington, OH, expanding to manufacture wing and wheel well covers for the F-84 airplanes, as well as felted cotton and building seats for road graders, boats, go-carts, mini-bikes and snowmobiles.
In 1980, the company started manufacturing van seats for the luxury van conversion market, and in 1985, school bus and commercial bus seats.
In 1993, the company introduced the first Integrated Child Restraint Seat for school buses that is still in production today. Late in the 90's the company started development of the Student Safety Seat 3-point seat belt seat, which now meets and exceeds all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and is produced for nearly every bus manufacturer in North America.
In 1996, the White family retired as owners of the company was sold to a group of investors, including some of the management at the company.
In 2008, the executive management team of Tony Everett, Robert Knapp, Steve Frazee and Joe Trimai teamed with Austin Capital Partners of Cleveland, OH, to acquire all the outstanding stock from the previous investors.
In 2013, the company was acquired by HSM. Together, the companies combine the strengths of family-based firms along with C.E. White’s capabilities in cut and sewn covers and experience as a seat manufacturer and HSM’s metal forming and foam expertise, providing a complete seating solution for customers in the transportation market.
Currently, the company has a 63,000 square foot manufacturing facility and a 4,000 square foot Sales and Tech Center building, housing the engineering and testing departments, in New Washington, OH, and a 20,000 square foot assembly plant in Ft. Valley, GA.
Our strategic direction and corporate focus for 2012 is to maintain our market leadership position in the school bus market and grow by expanding this existing segment, continuous improvement, and expansion into other areas of public transportation seating.
C.E. White Co.® will be a customer driven company that will be run ethically and will provide our employees with a great place to work.