U.S. Safety, a Lenexa-based company formed in 1935, has been acquired by MCR Safety of Memphis for an undisclosed price.
U. S. Safety makes eyewear, respirators, hardhats, fall-protection harnesses and other safety gear for workers. The privately held company has about 120 employees, according to its website.
The acquisition includes a Parmelee Ltd. subsidiary in Birmingham, England.
MCR, also makes and sells safety gear, including gloves, eyewear and highly visible vests and rainwear. The privately held company was founded 40 years ago and has about 2,000 employees, including 150 in Memphis with the rest mainly in manufacturing operations in Arkansas, Mexico and China.
“With the strength of MCR Safety’s market position, leadership and reputation supporting us, we expect great things to come,” J.P. Sankpill, president of U.S. Safety said in a statement.
There are no immediate changes planned in U.S. Safety’s operations, said Larry Garner, MCR’s chief marketing officer.
Garner said U.S. Safety is among the nation’s largest manufacturers of prescription safety eyewear, which accounts for about half its sales. MCR makes nonprescription eyewear.
U.S. Safety was founded in Kansas City by A.F. Parmelee, who at the time was a safety engineering consultant for utility companies. In 1941, Parmelee and his wife opened an office in the Uptown Theater building on Broadway, according to the company’s website. As the business grew, U.S. Safety moved several times in the 1940s and 1950s into larger spaces in downtown Kansas City.
The safety equipment industry grew rapidly after federal regulations in 1970 required employers to make personal protective equipment and garments available to their employees.
The company moved its headquarters, distribution center, prescription safety laboratory and other operations to its current location at 8101 Lenexa Drive in 1989.