SureShade opened its new 11,000-sq. ft. headquarters and production facility on October 4, National Manufacturing Day, in Philadelphia. The manufacturer of patented retractable sunshade systems hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with national, state and local officials.
The company said the new facility is three times larger than its previous facility, and includes offices, training and product development areas and a production facility.
The government officials included keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle, PA State Representative Michael Driscoll, PA State Representative Joe Hohenstein, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon (founding member of Philadelphia’s Manufacturing Growth Task Force), Philadelphia Councilmember Allan Domb and Philadelphia Director of Commerce Harold Epps, also a founding member of the Manufacturing Growth Task Force.
SureShade’s director of manufacturing and U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Captain Kirk Fistick, led a factory tour, explaining the production of each component for SureShade’s sunshade systems.
“We were so thrilled to have everyone join us to celebrate this amazing milestone for our 12- year-old manufacturing startup, especially on Manufacturing Day,” said Dana Russikoff, SureShade co-founder, in a statement. “When we first started this business, we were focused on the marine industry, but boating is just one part of the overall $778 billion outdoor recreational ecosystem.”
Russikoff said the company expanded into the $114 billion RV industry this year. “We are thrilled to now be part of this comprehensive outdoor recreation industry that will position our company for continued and sustainable growth,” she said.
Ron Russikoff, SureShade inventor, engineer and co-founder, said the company did not miss a shipment during the move between the two facilities. “I am so proud of our incredible team accomplishing this move in record time with zero production downtime, and I am so excited for what is yet to come here in our new home,” said Russikoff in the statement. “We hope to serve as an example that this is what building something from nothing looks like.”
Erica Crocker, NMMA director of political engagement and advocacy, and 25 students from Philadelphia’s MaST Community Charter School, also attended the opening.
Here is a video highlight of the opening.