Back to School with America’s Manufacturers, v.5

By September 9, 2005General

Milroy, Ind.-based Harcourt Outlines manufactures some 70 million wood-case pencils every year and sells directly to over 14,000 elementary, middle and high schools across the United States. Harcourt is a family-owned business serving schools since 1956. Harcourt has taken the hassle out of buying school supplies by developing a “back-to-school pack,” custom-filled with the exact school supplies teachers want the students to have.

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Top Flight, Inc. is another family-owned small manufacturer and distributor of paper-based products for school, office and business use. Their product line includes wire bound and wireless notebooks, filler paper, portfolios, tablets, envelopes and an assortment of other supplies. Since its founding in 1920, the company has grown into serving three divisions: mass market, college bookstore (where they provide custom-imprinted notebooks and portfolios) and the commercial envelope division.

Whether it is the engines that make it possible for students to get to school or the supplies needed to create reports and complete their homework, manufacturers play an important role in sending people to school not just on the first day, but every day. Good luck to all new and returning students on a successful academic year.