Conrad Industries the parent company of A-B Emblem owns factories located in North Carolina, Mexico, and Northern China.

Regardless of the location, we respect the people, the culture, and the environment.

Our long-term multi-national presence gives us the economical and logistical flexibility and advantage to provide the very best quality at the very best price.

Weaverville, North Carolina – The HQ

By the Spring of 1963 A-B had outgrown their New Jersey factory and broken ground for a new facility in beautiful Western N. Carolina. Over the years, the new factory and offices grew from 26,000 square feet to greater than 120,000.

Today the facility is the corporate headquarters for sales and administration for all facilities. And, is the largest remaining manufacturer of embroidered emblems in the United States, primarily manufacturing emblems and insignia for the armed forces, as well as an increasing number of customers requiring “Made In America”.

We invite you to take a Virtual Tour. If you’re in the area and would like to speak face-to-face, do drop by.


Tecali De Herrera, Mexico – EBM

In 1996 A-B Emblem/Conrad Industries, Inc. established its first facility outside the United States, Emblem Bordados de Mexico. Although starting slowly and carefully, Emblemas quickly grew to be the largest emblem manufacturer in Mexico. Located two hours south of Mexico City and twenty minutes outside the colonial city of Puebla, the tranquil village of Tecali de Herrera is home to the factory, offices, and guest cottage pictured. Emblemas serves major U.S. and foreign customers with facilities in Mexico as well as other industries and organizations in Mexico and Central America.

Large custom patch multihead embroidery machine

City of Laixi, China – QEM

The signing of documents establishing our Chinese manufacturing company, a WOFE (Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise). Surrounded by farm fields and villages, located in Shandong Province outside of the city of Laixi 莱西, QEM enjoys being in a position to offer meaningful and rewarding employment to farm families from the surrounding villages. We have no need for dormitories, as most of the workers walk, bike, or scooter to work. We have the distinction of not only providing a happy and healthy work environment but also of being the first wholly-owned American company in the greater Laixi area, population 800,000 (Small by Chinese Standards). As such, we proudly fly Old Glory at the entrance to our factory.

Gate of our Chinese custom patch factory
The exterior of our factory in Qingdao, China.
A photograph of the interior of Qingdao Emblem Manufacturing.
Our President meeting with Chinese Government officials.