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mills manufacturing
South

www.millsmanufacturing.com / HQ: Ashville, N.C. / John Oswald, president/CEO: "By
keeping everything in-house, we are able to closely monitor and keep track of our processes."

Building Trust

mills manufacturing's parachute systems are trusted by the u.s. armed
forces and the company takes that trust seriously.

mills manufacturing has been
manufacturing parachutes for
the united states armed forces
since the korean war.

A parachute is one thing that absolutely must work every time it is
needed, especially in military applications. The men and women of the
United States armed forces depend
upon these lifesaving devices to keep
themselves and their vital equipment
safe, and so they need to know that the
people supplying those parachutes and
related equipment can be trusted to do
the job right. For more than 75 years,
Mills Manufacturing has been one of
those trusted sources for the U.S. military, and President and CEO John
Oswald says that's a responsibility that

the company does not take nor will
ever take lightly.
Founded in 1935, Mills Manufacturing concentrated all of its efforts on the
military parachute market during the
Korean War. Today, the North Carolina-based company manufactures parachutes used for dropping troops and
cargo from planes as well as extracting
cargo from planes and decelerating jet
aircraft for landing. According to Oswald, the fact that Mills Manufacturing
remains a family owned and operated
business means it has cultivated and
maintained a strong relationship with

the federal government and the armed
forces based on trust.
"All of our decisions are made here,"
Oswald says. It's that attention to detail and responsibility that have made
Mills Manufacturing a trusted supplier of parachute systems for more than
three quarters of a century, and Oswald says those will continue to be the
principles under which the company
will operate well into the future.

Quality Control
It takes a lot to maintain the level
of trust Mills Manufacturing has
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