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Mercantile Development, Inc.

Milford,  CT 
United States
  • Booth: 2037

The Wiper Specialists - Industrial Nonwoven Wiping Products

Professional Grade Wipers Engineered for Performance in the Most Demanding Work Environments

Wipers are essential in every workplace, and they are relied on for more than just cleanup. From performance wipers engineered for use as tools in the work process to general purpose wipers for building maintenance, MDI's proprietary Pro-Series® brand wipers are ready to handle the task at hand.

The Wiper Specialists®

Mercantile Development is a specialty converter of nonwoven wiping products with a 155,000 square foot converting facility and corporate headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut. Established in 1947, the company is a third-generation, family-owned and operated small business that is now WBENC-certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

ISO-Certified QMS Drives Performance

In keeping with a founding commitment to operational excellence and total customer satisfaction, our Quality Management System is ISO 9001:2015 certified for the design, manufacture and sale of nonwoven wiping products.

Brands: Pro-Series® product line: Pro-Towel® heavy duty, Super Rag® optimum performance, Champion® general purpose, Advantage® light duty

 Press Releases


    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced that family owned and operated manufacturer Mercantile Development, Inc. (MDI) is this week's "Murphy's Monday Manufacturer." Founded in 1947, MDI is a third-generation, specialty converter of professional-grade nonwoven wiping products and is Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified as a women’s business enterprise. MDI employs 46 people and works out of a 155,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility headquartered in Shelton.

    Known as The Wiper Specialists®, the team at MDI converts a wide variety of top-quality nonwoven materials into its proprietary Pro-Series® brand wipers that are used in workplaces worldwide for critical cleaning applications. The Quality Management System at MDI is International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certified for the design, manufacture and sale of nonwoven wiping products – one of the first in its industry. MDI strives to conduct its operations in a manner that minimizes environmental stress and creates a safe and healthy workplace for its employees through the implementation of sustainable business and manufacturing practices. For example, recent packaging innovations have resulted in industry-leading use of recyclable shrink-wrap to replace boxes and drastically reduce waste. On the energy conservation front, 60% of MDI’s power needs are self-generated by solar power.

    MDI believes overall demand for its specialty wiping products and services will continue to grow. Through ongoing investments, the company is positioning itself for advancement to ensure a sustainable business for the future. As such, MDI is an active participant in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship Program.

    “For over 70 years, this family owned and operated business has been an important contributor to Connecticut’s strong manufacturing economy. MDI continues to make quality products used all around the country, and their commitment to training the next generation of manufacturers right here in Connecticut will ensure our state continues to stay competitive in this industry. I’m proud to highlight their work,” said Murphy.   

    “Developing the next generation of young manufacturing talent is key to bolster our own reinvestment in our business,” said Lucia Furman, president of MDI. “Encouraging policies that bring investment in manufacturing is a keen focus for MDI as well as manufacturers all across Connecticut to fuel needed economic growth.” 

    Source: https://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-highlights-shelton-manufacturer-mercantile-development-inc-as-this-weeks-murphys-monday-manufacturer


  • Pro-Towel Heavy Duty
    Shop towel replacement...

    • Heavy duty towels for the most demanding tasks
    • Clean, reliable, cost-effective replacement for rags and shop towels
    • Highly absorbent and wipes surfaces dry
    • Solvent resistant
    • Low-linting
    • Large size towels in portable Two-Pak box
    • Has a small footprint for workspaces or can be stored in a vehicle or on a shelf
    • Proprietary design dispenses one towel at a time
  • Super Rag Jumbo Roll
    Long-lasting, reusable wipers with cloth-like strength and feel...

    • Virtually lint free towels - won't leave particles behind
    • Cloth-like strength when used wet or dry
    • Chemically pure - contains no binders or contaminants
    • Wipes surfaces dry
    • Jumbo roll offers high sheet count, low cost per wipe, and requires fewer changeouts than other formats
  • Champion Wipes
    Ultra absorbent all-purpose wipers...

    • Ideal for general purpose clean-up
    • Wipes surfaces totally clean and dry
    • Ultra absorbent for cleaning up liquid spills
    • Great on grease
    • Soft hand feel for contact with hands and face
    • Portable - built-in carry handle
    • Center-pull roll dispenses one wiper at a time
  • Proprietary Perf-Pak Dispensing Poly Packs
    Perf-Pak is a self-dispensing poly pack designed by Mercantile Development...

    • Unique perforated opening allows for one-at-a-time dispensing and ensures unused wipers stay neat, clean and protected
    • Ideal package format for critical process wiping
    • Individual packs labeled with lot number and barcode for inventory control
    • Perfect size for industrial vending systems
    • Available with wipers of various performance features
    • See sales representative at booth for details
  • Super Rag Universal
    High performance spunlace towels...

    • Towels engineered for exceptional durability and reuse
    • Perfect for tasks requiring precision cleaning
    • Solvent resistant
    • Wipes surfaces dry
    • Virtually lint-free and chemically pure
    • Strong wet or dry
    • Convenient, compact pop-up box dispenses one towel at a time
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