The Fechheimer Brothers Company

Those who wear the products provided by Fechheimer Brothers Company are covered, so that they can help to protect and serve others. Founded in 1842, the company is a subsidiary of billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. It's a leading uniform maker that outfits men and women employed in public service industries, such as corrections, fire and EMS, military, police, postal, and military schools, as well as the umpires on the field or court. The company's portfolio includes brand names such as Flying Cross by Fechheimer and Urban Defender (battle dress uniforms). Fechheimer Brothers Company, which sells its products worldwide, owns a handful of US manufacturing plants.

Geographic Reach

Based in Ohio, Fechheimer Brothers Company enjoys a global reach, selling its products in more than 50 countries.

Sales and Marketing

The company serves several sectors, such as law enforcement, fire and EMS services, military, postal service, and tactical and special operations. It also provides ceremonial uniforms. Some of its customers include the US Navy, California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Cincinnati Police.

It sells its products through dealers and distributors, as well as through more than 500 independent stores in 50-plus countries worldwide and online. Its brands include Flying Cross, Vertx, Urban Defender, and Precision Uniforms.

Financial Performance

While Berkshire Hathaway does not report revenue separately for Fechheimer Brothers Company, the parent company reported that its Other Manufacturing revenues in fiscal 2013 rose nearly 9%. Specifically, apparel sales increased 3%.

Strategy

Looking to strengthen its Flying Cross brand of public safety uniforms, Fechheimer Brothers Company in 2013 added Power Stretch shirts. The move aims to boost the popularity of its top-selling Justice and Command line of shirts with better mobility, improved comfort, and enhanced fit.

Operations

The company is a leader in uniform systems, performance-wear, and fine uniform garments.

Fechheimer Brothers Company operates as part of Berkshire Hathaway's Other Manufacturing, Service, and Retailing Businesses segment, which contributed 23% of its fiscal 2013 revenue.

Besides its production plants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Maryland, the uniforms maker and marketer boasts international manufacturing partners in Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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The Fechheimer Brothers Company


4545 Malsbary Rd
Blue Ash, OH 45242-5624
Phone: 1 (513) 793-7819
Fax: 1 (513) 7937819
www.fechheimer.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Chief Information Officer: Dave Bossart
  • Senior Vice President Manufacuring: Phil Looby
  • President: George Martin

Major Office Locations

  • Blue Ash, OH

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