Allied delivers the best quality product in the industry. We have built strong and trusting relationships with the largest suppliers worldwide. Every step of the process, from where we source the down, to how we clean it and then deliver finished product, ensures our customers they have acquired the finest quality down and feathers on the market.
Allied Feather & Down was founded in 1987 with a 12,000 sq. ft. plant in Vernon, CA, specializing in the manufacture of the highest quality down and feather product. We are a family-run operation, and our goal has always been to make our customers and partners feel we are part of their team. We do this by constantly innovating with our products and processes to ensure we remain the quality leader. Our commitment extends to safeguarding the environment and the welfare of animals. Thanks in part to our ethical measures, we have earned the prestigious bluesign® approval.
Since the beginning, Allied has retained a significant share of the down market. In 1999, our progress led us to opening of a second facility in China concentrated on processing lower-grade fill powers and duck downs. In 2003, we broadened our offering into the bedding industry. That expansion caused rapid growth, which led to the opening of another warehouse and manufacturing space. A short year later, we set our sights on launching a line of private label, high-quality, synthetic-filled bedding products to be sold both in retail and hospitality. In 2010, we entered the home fashions industry full force with our new sister company, Allied Home, LLC. In 2011, we opened a new East Coast facility in North Carolina.
Today, Allied is the world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality downs and their blends. We are proud to be the fill of choice for top-tier brands in the outdoor and bedding industries. Allied also plays an active role in setting global industry standards for down. We are a founding member of the International Alliance for the Pro Down Initiative and a member of the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB).
Allied operates several state-of-the-art plants: two in California, one in North Carolina and two in China. Because we are known for sourcing and providing the highest caliber down, quality control is paramount to our success. Our in-house lab is fully staffed with experts who test our down for Content, Species, Fill Power, Cleanliness (Oxygen, Turbidity) and more. We also send samples of every lot of down we produce to an independent and IDFB-accredited down testing laboratory. This thoroughness and objectivity ensure our products meet and exceed industry requirements.
As we grow, we are ever mindful of our footprint on the Earth, which is why we have implemented many environmentally sensitive initiatives including a system that enables Allied to use recycled water to process our down. We also recycle and reuse many of our shipping supplies in order to reduce our consumption and waste. We have installed renewable energy systems in our offices and facilities. Our commitment to never use harmful chemicals or caustic substances that could endanger the environment has earned Allied local governmental recognition for being a clean and efficient factory.