Stan Ray is based in Crockett, Texas, and have been manufacturing their product there since 1972. Earl Beard, a father of four, survived three lay offs at his employer, Kalman Machine Co. The third was the final straw, and he bought a handful of sewing machines from Kalman Machine Co. and started his own workwear company. Within twelve months his old employer wound up manufacturing in Texas. By this time, Earl built himself a solid reputation and took over the plant and a collection of contracts.

In the early 80s, Earl started making painter pants under the name Stan Ray, his youngest sons name. During the 80s, Earls fatigue and military inspired workwear could be found around Japan's vintage markets. Stan Ray remains true to its original aesthetic today, providing well-made, reasonably priced workwear and fatigues.