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US Weight was founded in 1996 by Larry Mitchell and Matt Buchannan who were both entrepreneurs working in Olney, Illinois. The two partners purchased some of the fitness related assets from RoadMaster Corporation which was one of the largest sporting goods companies at the time. Some of RoadMarter’s brands included Vitamaster, DP, Ajay,Healthmaster, Universal , and Flexible Flyer. US Weight focused initially on the fitness market since it acquired the fitness weight manufacturing technology from RoadMaster originally developed by Diversified Products (DP) in the 1960s. DP pioneered the concept of nonferrous weight sets encased in blow-molded polyethylene which significantly broadened the reach and appeal of fitness equipment and usage in the USA. These newly designed weights did not rust, did not scuff floors, were easy to handle, and were much lower cost than traditional cast iron fitness weights. DP branded these innovate weight sets Orbatron. US Weight utilized the DP technology and experience to quickly become a success securing distribution at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, and others.
Escalade, Inc. purchased US Weight in 2001 from Larry and Matt to further expand its sporting goods business. Escalade, founded in 1927, is publicly -traded company on the Nasdaq (ESCA) and has been a leading manufacturer of sporting goods and outdoor recreation equipment for nearly 90 years. Escalade is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana and has operations throughout North America.
US Weight has called Olney, Illinois its home since the company started in 1998. The management team and manufacturing facility are both located in Olney. With an entrepreneurial team and unique manufacturing capabilities, US Weight has grown and expanded its product range over the years. Today, the US Weights product range includes tractor wheel weights, suitcase weights, tiller weights, and canopy weights. US Weight attends a wide range of trade shows throughout the USA to exhibit and support its expanding product range. US Weight sells to a wide variety of customers including Wal-Mart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Zumba, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, John Deere, Husqvarna, MTD, and Kubota. US Weight also offer customized OEM solutions with its in-house engineers working directly with customers to save time and money on weighted applications where steel or cast-iron is commonly used.
We appreciate your interest in US Weight, our history and our innovative solutions. We look forward to being a valued partner.
James Eaton started exhibiting his sculpture at art fairs almost 30 years ago, about the same time that the 10’ x 10’ canopy came into common use. With the purchase and use of his first canopy it became apparent that some method of keeping the canopy anchored in windy situations was necessary.
On open ground and grass, staking into the dirt and using ropes to attach the canopy was an option but on concrete and asphalt the problem was not as simple to solve. His initial design was a stackable 15 pound cast iron weight that would fit around the legs of his canopy which were 1” square. He later upgraded to a new canopy which had 1 1/2 “ diameter legs and realized that he needed to modify his initial design to fit the new legs. Eventually he arrived at the Eaton design that, with the help of special hold tight clips, allowed the weights to be used on any canopy with up to 2” square or round legs.
Fellow exhibitors began to notice his new weight design and asked where they could buy sets for themselves. Thus began the Eaton canopy weight business.
That brings us to today's canopyweights.com where you can find professional, user designed products for todays needs! The Ingot, Tailgater, & Eaton original are made in our modern plant here in the USA. The Cornerstone is our design but is sourced to our demanding standards outside of the U.S.
Eaton Canopy Weights are now being used by individuals and organizations far removed from the art festival industry. They have been purchased by mobile marketing companies, community health services, professional sports teams, government agencies, military sponsored events, farmers marketeers, tailgaters and many other organizations and individuals who use canopies.
We have carefully developed a high-performance team that includes all the critical functions to ensure complete customer satisfaction. It is our belief that in order to achieve our full potential, both as individuals and as a company, we must meet our responsibility to all those associated with our business; including our community and country. We must treat our employees with fairness, always respecting the dignity of the individual, and provide a clean, safe environment. We recognize that our customers are of utmost importance. We treat our best suppliers as partners. We ensure open communications exists throughout our business environment. We demand excellence, recognize it, and reward it.
We are totally committed to producing high quality products at the fairest prices. And while our fiscal responsibility is to make a sound profit, we must do so without harming the community or the environment. We continually improve our products and services, always listening to our customers and we strive to keep every single promise we make.
Larry Mitchell is our General Manager of US Weight. Previously Larry was co‑owner of US Weight and Heartwood Industries and has a rich history of manufacturing experience including 15 plus years at Roadmaster Corporation. In addition to being an entrepreneur, he has worked in various positions in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Production Control, Sales and Logistics. Larry is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Outside of work Larry enjoys family, travel plus good friends and good food.
Bob Guinn is the Director of
Operations at US Weight. Bob has 35 years of broad manufacturing experience including supervision, production management purchasing and operations management Before working for US Weight Bob worked for AMF, Roadmaster and Brunswick. Bob is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors in Industrial Technology and a Masters in Business Administration. Bob enjoys spending time with family, traveling and the Green Bay Packers.
Patrick Griffin is our Vice-President
at US Weight. Patrick’s previous experience includes management, sales, and marketing positions with the Martin Yale Group, Escalade Sports, Network Commerce, and Koch Industries. Patrick was graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas with BA’s in history and economics and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with an MBA and MA in Southeast Asian Studies. Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, watching college football and basketball, occasionally looking for white squirrels in Olney, and skiing in the winter.
Ryan Hahn is our Design Engineer
for US Weight. Ryan has 18 years of experience in design and development working in agriculture, HVAC and consumer product industries. Ryan has helped introduce US Weight into the Crowd Control market designing and patenting various products. Ryan is a graduate of Vincennes University – A.S. Industrial Drafting & Design, Southern Illinois University – B.S. Industrial Technology and Eastern Illinois University – M.S. Technology Management. Outside of work Ryan enjoys spending time with family and hunting.
Amanda Stroud is our Customer Account Specialist at US Weight. Amanda has 13 years of customer service experience and previously worked for one of the largest suppliers of filters and filtration solutions. Amanda truly enjoys her work and the relationships she builds with her customers. She takes pride in providing the best customer service. In Amanda’s spare time, she enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams and enjoying life with family and friends.
Dallas Durre is our Manufacturing Manager for US Weight. Dallas has over 29 years of manufacturing experience, with the core of that time spent working in various engineering disciplines. Dallas has been with US Weight for almost 4 years. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University. Dallas enjoys spending time with family and friends, metal detecting, golf, and playing guitar.
Cary Moudy is responsible for Purchasing/Quality at US Weight. He has 40 years of manufacturing experience in departments such as accounting, sales, production, warehousing, supplier development and quality. Cary is a graduate of Greenville College with a BS in Organizational Leadership as well as an associate degree in Accounting and Industrial Quality Management. He is a Senior Member in good standing with the American Society of Quality obtaining both the Certified Quality Engineer and Quality Auditor recognition. Cary enjoys his country lifestyle and having his family come home for visits.
Jody Phillips is an Accounting Clerk
at US Weight. Jody has 20 years of accounting experience within the manufacturing and hospitality industry. Jody is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Business & Arts. Jody enjoys watching her daughter tumble & cheer and working on flip and rental houses.
Our Olney facility uniquely combines manufacturing expertise with modern equipment to efficiently and cost‑effectively produce a wide range of products.
Since 1997, we have been based in Olney, Illinois. Our modern steel-stand facility is 110,000 square feet including manufacturing and warehousing. Our shipping facility includes six dock-height doors with dock levelers. Our blow-molding operation, utilizes our ten accumulator head blow-molders ranging from ½ pound to 25 pound shot size. We also maintain a unique high-speed filling operation utilized in a wide range of products. Our facility includes 3 outside silos and 3 large bunkers. We run three shifts of molding operations. Our facility is managed by a team of experienced and degreed professionals with our 100 years of manufacturing experience.
Our integrated warehousing and shipping capability ensures accurate and timely customer order fulfillment.
Our shipping department is dedicated to accurately shipping all orders on time wherever they need to go in the world. The shipping department is well-versed in the latest label technology and customer requirements. Our shipping team routinely ships worldwide and helps provide the necessary documentation including COO (Certificate of Origin), packing lists, commercial invoices, and bills of lading. We ship truckload, LTL, and small parcels daily.
Our knowledgeable customer service team is ready meet your needs and answer your questions.
Customer satisfaction is our number one goal. We offer 24 hour drop-shipping. Our on-site customer service provides real-time freight quotes, order tracking and promised delivery dates, and any product- related questions. Our people know our products and can assist the customer in almost every situation. We can be contacted in a variety of ways including phone, email, chat, fax, and mail. Replacement and warranty parts are available on-site in Olney, Illinois and typically ship the same day.