National Wiper Alliance is a wiping products manufacturer based in Swannanoa, North Carolina, just east of Asheville. Launched by Jeff Slosman in 1996 with a labor pool consisting of his grandfather and wife and occupying only 2,000 feet of borrowed space, the company has since grown to more than 85 employees and expanded into a 500,000 square foot facility (formerly a blanket factory). National Wiper Alliance’s core products are dry, nonwoven wipes for a wide variety of applications in diverse industries, ranging from food service and janitorial sanitation to automotive and aerospace. The company’s unique name derives from their approach to customers: “Alliance…because we believe that each relationship that we have, to the end user or to other companies, is an Alliance where we all work together to provide quality to all customers.” In addition to wiping products, the company provides a range of services to suit its customers’ needs, including custom converting, private labeling, product development and testing, distribution and logistical support.
Not surprisingly, the company also has an impressive track record selling its products to Federal agencies, including through GSA and to defense agencies. Past PTAC assistance has focused on registrations, how to locate opportunities, research on business development programs, navigating ordering and depot systems, and marketing the business to government customers.
Reflecting the company’s stability and growth, Slosman was honored by the SBA as the 2015 North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year. In the award announcement, Jeff shared that “I am very pleased to accept this recognition, not for me as an individual, but on behalf of our dedicated employees, our loyal customers, our faithful suppliers and my very supportive family.” The SBA pointed to the company’s demonstrated staying power, growth and innovation and cited National Wiper Alliance’s impressive diversification into new products and services to fill gaps in the industry, allowing the business to grow steadily for almost 20 years.
For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.nationalwiper.com. The SBA’s full release honoring Jeff Slosman is available here.