History of Peterson Manufacturing
Peterson officially opened its doors in 1945 as a small company specializing in manufacturing safety lighting for the automotive aftermarket. Over the past 60 years, Peterson has become an industry leader and introduced a host of innovations including stainless steel housings that won’t rust, the Vibar® socket and Piranha® Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).
Through the years, Peterson has grown from a small, family business to a multi-industry corporation. During this transformation, leadership continually focused on creating the highest quality product possible. This core value is perhaps best reflected in the fact that Peterson was one of the first 40 manufacturers in the entire United States to obtain ISO 9001/QS-9000 registration.
Specifically, Peterson was the very first US vehicle safety lighting manufacturer to obtain this important registration that lets customers know that our quality systems meet a standard of excellence that is internationally understood and accepted.
Quality is also why Peterson builds products that not only meet federal specifications, but also exceed them by 25% and why we boast the industry’s lowest return rate on a line of over 2,000 products.
Peterson Manufacturing is headquartered in a modern 670,000 square foot facility located in Grandview, Missouri-a suburb of Kansas City. This facility houses management, sales, engineering, R&D, manufacturing and assembly, purchasing, shipping, receiving and warehousing departments.
Staffing this facility are some of the most dedicated people you will ever meet. Peterson’s more than 650 non-union associates are the real key of our success and growth. The pride our associates put into their work is noticeable to customers who visit our facility. Many of our associates are second and third-generation, and all of them share in the company’s profits through employee stock ownership and profit sharing.
With its vast production facilities, warehousing space and dedicated associates, Peterson maintains a remarkable 97% fill-rate and order-turnaround of three-to-five days.