M&R Products' skilled staff has been making high quality tie downs and tie down straps for over 30 years. Here's our story.
Virgil Brown was a 30-year veteran of the airline cargo control industry.In 1980, Virgil got the entrepreneurial bug. Along with his son Mike, Virgil set up shop in a three-room building in Millville, New Jersey by the local airport. Virgil and Mike started selling hand truck, shelving and tie down supplies, and the company they started became known as M&R Products.
M&R’s first big customers were local South Jersey manufacturing and trucking companies.In 1982, Virgil custom designed the first car tie down for auto hobbyists. This first M&R innovation gave car owners a safe alternative to the traditional tie-down method: chains and binders.
In July 1982 a fire broke out in the M&R manufacturing building. Virgil and the Brown family worked over the weekend to restore four sewing machines. They set up shop in the Brown family basement and were back in business by Monday morning.
Underinsured against fire, Virgil had some debts to pay - but he refused to file bankruptcy. In good faith, vendors continued to supply M&R with Virgil's promise to repay everyone he owed.
In 1984, two years after the manufacturing plant fire, Virgil paid off all his debts. With this accomplishment, the company moved out of the Brown family basement to a new building in nearby Vineland. M&R now employed 7 people.
By 1986, over 250 distributors carried M&R tie downs, including performance and racing dealerships. New customers found M&R by word-of-mouth and car shows, and racers from Florida to Maryland to the Midwest were switching to M&R. By 1987, Sears & Roebuck contracted to manufacture cargo nets for their distribution centers.
Amidst the growth, Virgil and M&R continued to set the standard for innovation in the tie down industry. Until this time the only tie downs for motorcycles were made of flimsy ratchets and light-weight webbing. M&R developed industrial grade 1” ratchets and webbing to create a stronger, more durable unit.
M&R also developed a drag race window net system to meet dealer demands. In 1988, SFI introduced pre-race testing requirements for all window nets. M&R's window nets were the first to pass the test - without any modifications. Because of this, dealers began requesting safety harnesses, which M&R was happy to develop and produce.
In 1993, M&R innovation set another new standard when M&R partnered with Bourdon Forge Company to develop the first Lo-Pro Leverlatch system for racing harnesses.
Simpson rushed to develop a similar model 9 months later.
In 1996, M&R developed and sold removable wheel chocks for motorcycles, selling 2000 in the first year of production and tens of thousands in following years.
There have been many changes for M&R over the years, with innovations, firsts and growth. Through the years, some things haven't changed:
- We still proudly manufacture our products in the USA.
- We still use the highest quality materials.
- We still make your product to your specifications.
- We still supply some of the most successful racing teams and distributors in the United States and Canada.
- You can still trust M&R quality with your precious cargo.
Some of M&R’s Industrial Customers Include:
- Pathmark Supermarket Distribution Center
- Nabisco Foods