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1922 - Established as Columbia Tent and Awning in Los Angeles, CA primarily manufacturing tents, awnings, and tarpaulins.

1945 - Harold Whittier purchased the firm, which is still family owned and operated today.

1960 - Gayne Whittier is made Vice President, son of Harold Whittier.

1965 - Started partnership in Mexico for custom contract sewing and manufacturing.

1968 - Columbia Tent and Awning was incorporated in the state of California.

1986 - Rick Whittier, grandson to Harold Whittier, becomes President.

1988 - Changed the name to CTA Manufacturing, Inc. a derivative taken from the first letters of the Columbia Tent and Awning name.

1996 - Moved to a new 22,000 sq ft. facility in Corona, California in order to help facilitate in-house prototyping, silkscreening, cutting, fulfillment, and customer inventory management.

1998 - CTA expands manufacturing capabilities with key partnerships in China, which lowers the cost of canvas fabrics such as denier, nylon, non woven polypropylene, and plastic hardware components.

2000 - Another important partnership is formed with factories in India in order to reduce the cost of cotton canvas products, such as messenger bags, mail bags, and shopping totes.

2006 - Jon Hansen is made Vice President of CTA Manufacturing, Inc.

2009 - New website is created to reflect the new company logo and tagline "Your Global Source for Custom Sewn Products".

Starting out CTA Manufacturing began by producing tents, awnings, and tarpaulins for Californians out of the firm's downtown headquarters in Los Angeles during 1922.

Since then the company has diverged into a US based, global production team with factoring partners in China, India, and Mexico (see plant locations). As the company expanded beyond its base in California, so did its capabilities which now include OEM manufacturing, prototyping, logistics, and supply chain management (see capabilities).


Lowering production costs by 40% is something every business wants to hear when it comes to custom sewn products. CTA Manufacturing has been able to produce similar results for clients in three key areas: (1) custom bags, (2) custom covers, and (3) contract sewing. As a result, we have been able to work in a variety of industries from consumer, industrial, medical, and financial.


By specializing in our core product and services, we are able to provide security, product assurance, and hassle-free delivery for clients importing sewn products outside the United States.

And we do this by simplifying the buying process for custom sewn products through handling (1) harmonized tariff classifications, (2) custom documentation, (3) import & export duties, (4) quotas, and (5) transportation to the United States.

To keep your costs low, we evaluate the specific needs of the product and then determine the best partnering factory to improve quality and efficiency. As additional support, our team carries over 60 years of combined experience manufacturing custom sewn products. Having that kind of expertise behind your product keeps things simple.


As a family operated company for 64 years, we feel it is important to stay true to our roots. That is why although CTA Manufacturing is a global company, we still have the ability to prototype, silkscreen, heat transfer, and embroider products domestically in our Corona, CA facility (see capabilities). It's one of the many ways we strive to make you feel good about your custom sewn product.

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