A stitch in time may save nine; it may also secure the bottom line of American & Efird (A&E). The company manufactures and distributes industrial sewing and embroidery threads, and engineered yarns. Its products are used by both consumers and OEMs of apparel, automotive materials, home furnishings, and medical supplies. In addition to threads and yarns, the company distributes cords, notions, twines, zippers, and related supplies made by other companies such as YKK. A&E holds a handful of manufacturing plants and distribution hubs in the US, and multiple international operations and ventures worldwide.