Manufacturer Update: Industry Milestones

by Kacey Larsen

Four industry firms are celebrating significant anniversaries this year.

Founded in 1979, 2nd Ave Lighting, a manufacturer of custom decorative lighting, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Based in Yorkville, New York, the company is a vertically integrated operation that controls every step of production, which allows it to offer customization for each fixture based on specific lighting needs and applications.

Joplin, Missouri-based roofing and decking manufacturer TAMKO is marking its 75th year in business. In 2019, TAMKO celebrates two important anniversary dates: March 9, the day in 1944 that TAMKO founders E.L. and Mary Ethel Craig bought an old streetcar barn and shingle-making equipment in Joplin for the business that would eventually become TAMKO Building Products. In addition, they will celebrate September 5, the day the Craigs officially named their new roofing company TAMKO, an acronym of the first letters of the states they believed would be their sales territory: Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Saddle Brook, New Jersey-based Arrow Fastener Company celebrates its 90th year in business in 2019. Founded in 1929, the company is marking the milestone with consumer giveaways and charity. In addition they are putting a spotlight on vintage products from throughout the company’s history, including the T50, Model JT-21 industrial hand-held fastener, and original Hammer Tacker design. The HT50 Hammer Tacker is still made in the U.S. for roofing, insulation, housewrap and other professional jobs; it is a mainstay.

Founded in Milwaukee by a master carpenter in 1919, Empire Level, now based in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, celebrates 100 years of serving the construction trades with levels and layout tools. Empire Level continues its tradition of  innovation and developing productivity solutions while remaining committed to manufacturing in the U.S.—as it has from the beginning. It employs over 200 people at its Wisconsin facilities.

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