There’s nothing quite like the feeling of putting on your favorite well-worn pair of tried and true jeans. An everlasting staple in your wardrobe, they’ve been a part of many memory-making moments. While zippers and buttons might not be what you think most about your jeans, they ensure you can keep wearing the jeans you love for years to come. YKK North and Central America Group is devoted to the structural details that help jeans stand the test of time. That’s why the highest-quality products are used to create long-lasting functionality for your denim.
YKK developed ratcheting sliders that slip down under pressure rather than breaking the zipper, saving our jeans customers small fortunes in returns and claims. Sturdy brass zippers are an important part of jeans’ success. If you touch the teeth of YKK brass zippers, you will immediately feel the obvious differences between YKK’s brass products and those manufactured by others. YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. maintains a brass zipper manufacturing plant in Macon, Georgia where the uniquely designed Y-bar teeth are developed to provide a smoother operation performance. Our Autoline® machines, which we lease to our customers in our Field Tech Centers, sew the zipper chain to a jeans’ fly piece, automatically gaps it, bottom stops it, attaches the slider, and then cuts and sorts the finished flys into bundles.
Buttons, burrs, and rivets, which go onto jeans, helped to build YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Products’ business in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The basic parts of the button are stamped out of strips of fine grade copper, steel, stainless or brass. There’s the shell, the collet and the slug – a small component inside of the button that will accommodate YKK’s unique two-pronged fastener. The specific style depends on the garment and customer needs. The YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Snap and Button Products offers an assortment of choices. It could be plated, sandblasted, painted, burnished, oxidized, antiqued, or any combination of techniques to give it a distinctive look.