About Us

Since 1946, Harper Industries, Inc. has provided well-priced labor services to customers. Originally a US shirt producer with factories in Mississippi and Alabama, Harper Industries, Inc. currently employs over 1,500 workers in factories in the state of Campeche, Mexico. Much of Harper’s work is directed toward the medical apparel and sports apparel industries, but Harper sees its role as meeting its customers’ needs for well-managed, well-treated, and well-priced labor. Our customers supply fabric and trim and pay us for labor. We are ready to train our workers to produce to your specifications. Please contact us so we can discuss how we can work together.

What We Make

We specialize in manufacturing health care products, such as surgical gowns, drapes, wrappers, non-surgical clothing, and disposables; t-shirts; fleece; knits; shorts; hoodies; tank tops; baseball pants; underwear; and ball caps. Let us know your needs.

Where We Work

We manufacture our products in three modern facilities with state-of-the-art machinery in Campeche and Calkiní, Mexico. Our clients include Medline, A4, Bella + Canvas, Lamour, Top of the World Headwear. We currently employ 1500 workers to meet your product needs.

Some examples of our machinery: Automatic Fabric Spreaders, Automatic Fabric cutters, Automatic Pocket Attachers, Tagless Labelers, Thermal Labelers, Embroidery Machines, Ultrasonic Sewing Machines, Gerber Accumark Software for Patterns and Markers



Sewing Process

Inspection & Audit



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  • N° Register FDA: 3004133257    Standard: 21 CFR 820 Quality System Regulations (QSR)
  • N° Register CTPAT: 43366029    Standard: Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
  • N° Register WRAP: 17282           Standard: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
  • Safe Company                              Standard: NOM STPS

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  • N° Register FDA: 3004471992    Standard: 21 CFR 820 Quality System Regulations (QSR)
  • N° Register WRAP: 123749         Standard: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
  • Safe Company                              Standard: NOM STPS

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  • N° Register FDA: 3011500313    Standard: 21 CFR 820 Quality System Regulations (QSR)
  • SMETA Pilar 2                                Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI)

  • Company History

    Harper Industries, Inc

    Harper Industries, Inc. was founded in 1946 by Abner M. Friedland, who had worked as a shirt salesman during the depression. Seeing an opportunity to participate in the post-war USA economic expansion, Friedland started Harper Industries, Inc. with the vision that Harper would supply high-quality, low priced garments for working class Americans. Friedland opened factories in Mississippi and Alabama and offered shirts at below-department-store prices. During the 1940s and 1950s, Harper Industries, Inc. grew steadily. When discount stores emerged during the 1950’s and 1960’s, Harper became a major discount-store shirt supplier. During the 1960’s, apparel imports displaced an increasing share of USA garment production. Harper responded to the import challenge by joining. Harper supplemented its domestic production with imported shirts, configuring its domestic factories to make less labor-intensive knit tops and importing more labor-intensive lined flannel shirts and lined sweatshirts. Harper created an affiliate company, Harcrest International, Ltd., to serve as the Harper import arm. By 1980, Harper and Harcrest, together, were major suppliers of both domestic knit shirts and imported heavyweight shirts. Beginning about 1990, Harper’s retail customers began to buy directly from Asian suppliers and displaced Harper’s importing. Harper adjusted again, entering a joint venture agreement with Yusuf Amdani, President of Pride Sportswear, Honduras. Yusuf now oversees production in the joint venture factories in Campeche, Mexico, a very safe Mexican state free from the drug-related crime and far from the Central-American migrant corridor. Harper applies 70 years of experience as a low-cost, high-quality garment producer to meeting the needs of a select group of prized customers. What is next for Harper? If you have a vision for the future that would benefit from well-managed and well-treated Mexican labor – be it apparel stitching or any other need – talk to us. We are glad to work with you to forge that path together with you. In 1982, Abner Friedland passed away. Since his death, his son, Thomas Friedland, has led Harper. And since 2015, Thomas' son David has joined the team as well.


    Thomas S. Friedland, President

    David B. Friedland, Vice President

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