Certified Women-Owned

Mercantile Development, Inc. Certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise

[Shelton, CT]—May 16, 2017—Mercantile Development, Inc. (MDI), a specialty converter of nonwoven wiping products, is pleased to announce that it has received certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

“We recognize the commitment corporations have made to increasing supplier diversity throughout the supply chain. WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and is supported by many of our existing customers so it was the clear choice to partner with them for certification. By becoming a certified women-owned business, MDI has taken the important step of further aligning our organization with the values of our customers,” says Lucia Furman, President of MDI.

MDI is celebrating 70 years as a successful family-owned business founded on a dedication to operational excellence by continually acquiring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, by implementing exceptional quality and safety programs, by hiring top-level talent and maintaining strong financial positioning and by delivering the best customer service in the business. The company became women-owned when controlling interest was acquired by Lucia Furman, Calla Morgan and Jenna Fankhanel, marking the third generation of family ownership. Proud of this heritage, the three partners are committed to ongoing improvement and investment based on the company’s founding principles and building a sustainable business for generations to come.

About MDI:

MDI manufactures nonwoven wiping products at its 155,000-square foot converting facility and corporate headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut. Pro-Series® brand wipers are available for a variety of industrial and specialty applications from heavy duty rag replacement to delicate task wiping and everything in between. MDI’s products are available through partner distributors worldwide. To locate a distributor, call MDI Customer Service at 800-333-0900.

The right partner makes all the difference™. Choose MDI – The Wiper Specialists®.

About WBENC:

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.