The meaning of Hiwasse

(pronounced “hi – WAH – see”)

“Hiwasse is a Native American Cherokee word, meaning pleasant place or sunny spot. We chose that name upon starting business in 1947, when our products included lawn furniture and later, caskets! Our business has dramatically evolved, but the name has endured.”




John G. Derickson
Owner, Founder, & Chairman
Hiwasse Manufacturing Company, Inc

Hiwasse Manufacturing Company is a custom producer of industrial graphic, trim and decorative products.

Hiwasse’s specialty is panels used for control, identification, and trim on home appliances and electronics.

The Hiwasse organization supports requirements of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the appliance, home electronics, and related industries. Hiwasse’s customers include Frigidaire, Whirlpool, GE, Maytag, Kitchen Aid, and other well-known global and national companies.

Hiwasse products include graphic panels, inlays, metal trim, overlays, escutcheons, fascias, cards, tags, labels, and nameplates.

Hiwasse routinely produces these items using sheet metals (aluminum, stainless steel, steel, brass, etc.) or rigid plastic (Lexan(r), polycarbonate, PVC, polystyrene, etc.).

The manufacturing operation supports appearance-critical components. The primary techniques used are:

  • flatbed screenprinting, both solid color & graphic detail
  • custom stamping & finishing

Finishing techniques include coating, laminating, blanking, forming, cutting, embossing, etc. as required.

Hiwasse has been in business for 70+ years.  Hiwasse operates from a two-building complex near Little Rock, Arkansas and is near the junction of Interstates 30 & 40.

With over 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space, Hiwasse can support manufacturing of millions of panels, nameplates, and trim pieces per year.