About Us

Welcome to Outer Armor by Commercial Sewing

Commercial Sewing has specialized in the marine and power sports markets with a focus on producing canvas products for Original Equipment Manufacturers, Distributors, and Dealers.

Our mission is simple. We believe ourselves to be an extension of our customer engineering and manufacturing. We value consistent communication and strive to provide our clients innovative solutions at the highest value and performance. We are consistently growing and consider ourselves to be the dominant supplier of sewn products to the OEM Power Sport and Marine markets. This level of quality and responsibility is not to be taken for granted and we strive to be flexible and fair to the needs of our customers, employees and the communities we work in.

Our staff has decades of experience in power sports and marine industries and a dedicated team of 20 engineers, project managers, and global sourcing specialists that work out of a “innovation lab” to meet and exceed customer project requirements.

Commercial Sewing is a “lean” manufacturer, capable at servicing high & low volume requirements “on-time” as well as utilizing global sourcing.

Please contact us with your project and we’ll be glad to respond in a timely fashion.

History

It began in 1967. Our reputation for making strong, quality, reasonably priced custom fit snowmobile covers spread quickly. In the early seventies, dealer sales increased so rapidly that Commercial Sewing working directly for the original equipment manufacturers and began producing covers year-round.

The OEM direct relationship allowed us to expand into the power sports segments of motorcycles, ATV, personal watercraft (PWC) & UTV/RTV side-by-side off road vehicles. We also gained entry into the marine industry during the mid 90’s with the introduction of jet boat mooring covers.

We have continued to expand into many other boat OEM’s with a full line of marine products/accessories.

We are not a ‘me too’ company, meaning although we can and do produce current generally accepted market items, we are focused on providing innovation.

Locations & Partners

Commercial Sewing has multiple locations in the USA, Mexico and China where we design and manufacturer custom sewn products for the marine and power sports industries. The selection and vetting of our supplier and service partners is paramount to our success. We spend a considerable amount of R&D time in the quest for new fabrics, materials, service providers, and manufacturing equipment.

 

1. Headquarters

65 Grant Street,
Torrington, CT 06790
860-482-5509

Our headquarter location encompasses a facility that is approximately 89,000 square feet. Here we employ our core engineering and management team as well as a staff of approximately 250 people to lead the design and manufacturing of all of our products.

2. Apex Canvas

500 RPM Drive
Loudon, TN  37774
865-458-8828

Our sister company, Apex Canvas, operates out of a 30,000 square foot space that specifically focuses on sewing, assembly and delivery of marine bimini tops as well as cockpit and bow covers for our customers.

3. Phillipsburg, Missouri

Our location in Missouri is a Central USA base that serves our ability to run fitting operations to our local clients as well as manage finished part inventory programs on behalf of our clients.

4. Glen Raven

Glen Raven, North Carolina

The team at Commercial Sewing began the origins of Sur Last® by defining the requirements and testing of a new fabric that changed the industry for water repellency, UV longevity, anti-microbial finish and durability. In 1993, CSI collaborated with Glen Raven Technical Fabrics to develop the solution-dyed polyester fabric, Sur Last®, featuring new levels of durability and fade resistance. “CSI is always looking for better ways to do things, which is likewise a key part of Glen Raven culture,” says Kirk Fitzsimmons, Marine & Specialty Products Manager. “We’re tremendously excited about the opportunities that this partnership has created.” Glen Raven specializes in innovative solutions in the awning, marine, furniture, protective, military and geosynthetics markets.

5. Tijuana, Mexico

Our dedicated team in Mexico specifically focuses on sewing and assembling our transportation covers, personal watercraft and motor covers for the marine and power sports customers. This team is focused on high volume production and allows for streamlined support to our west coast clients.

6. Dongguan City, China

Our division in China was established in the early 1980’s and continues to grow and support our abilities to source materials, produce custom parts, and assemble high volume products that Commercial Sewing engineers have designed. The China team is consistently growing as we develop our portfolio of services to accommodate our customer production requests as well as maintain pricing efficiency.