Peterson has grown to a quarter-billion-dollar, multi-faceted corporation serving customers across America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China, and the Middle East
Grandview, Mo.— In 2020, Peterson Manufacturing celebrates its 75th year of supplying the vehicle safety lighting market with its expanding line of USA-made products. Today, as one of the world’s leading safety lighting manufacturers, Peterson can boast a proud history of keeping “Solutions on the Move” in a competitive industry, said President and CEO Don Armacost Jr., whose father acquired the business.
Founded in 1945 and owned by the Armacost family since 1956, Peterson has grown to a quarter-billion-dollar, multi-faceted corporation serving customers across America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China, and the Middle East — and earning the nickname of “Quiet Giant” in the Kansas City-area suburb of Grandview, Mo.
Armacost Jr.credits the company’s success to its long history of square dealings with customers, suppliers and employees. “That tradition has brought us a long ways,” he said. “We’re not about to change it.”
From its 44-acre Grandview corporate campus, Peterson now operates a 670,000 square-foot facility. The vertically integrated operation includes engineering and design, photometric and environmental testing, tool and die production, harness and wire manufacturing, plastic injection molding, final assembly, warehousing, sales and customer service.
“Peterson’s history is replete with safety lighting innovations,” said Steve Meagher, vice president sales. “With our focus, engineering skills and manufacturing expertise, Peterson’s ability to bring real solutions to the marketplace is unsurpassed.”
That focus includes aggressive support of the automotive aftermarket as well as the OE and heavy-duty sectors. “We’re geared to meet specific customer challenges with speed, automated precision and USA-made quality,” Meagher said.