Hewitt Manufacturing, a producer of premium athletic and specialty jackets and chenille, is to merge with Redi-Direct Marketing Inc's Fordham subsidiary.

Fordham makes athletic and awards jackets, banners and chenille emblems for sports teams, service organisations such as police and fire departments, sporting goods stores and businesses.

Hewitt will operate as a division of Fordham, and will continue to produce products for domestic and export markets.

Fordham's president James Lombard said that Hewitt would strengthen the business's domestic base as well as growing global accounts.

1933-established Fordham's products include apparel, travel and sports products, which are embroidered or screen-printed in the company's New Jersey facility.