Manufacturing in Ashland is represented by a number of firms, including companies representing Food & Beverage Manufacturing to Retail Manufacturing. The industry also represents companies such as Hakatai Enterprises that imports and distributes glass mosaic tile nationally from their warehouse. Their glass tile, and custom murals have been installed in numerous residential kitchens, bathrooms, pools, and spas, as well as in restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and many other commercial operations throughout the U.S.
Additionally, this industry has companies such as Darex which designs and manufactures the Drill Doctor® brand of high quality drill bit sharpeners and Cropper Medical that manufactures a full line of patented orthopedic and sports bracing from their Bio Skin product line.
Yala, a local company with international ties, designs and produces clothing and bedding made of bamboo, silk and other natural products.
These businesses are traditionally Traded Sector businesses that primarily export outside of the area and many have a global reach, both in their customer base and their supply and distribution chains.