As a company man and a quick learner, Joe realized that if he could help the company continue to work during wet and muddy conditions, he could continue hanging iron and could better support his family. So, he borrowed $2,750 and purchased the materials needed to build what would become the first 10 crane mats that he built. His mats were a huge success allowing him and his company to continue working in poor weather conditions.
Soon after, his employer asked if he could build more mats. As word spread, other companies requested mats as well, and Joe’s family-owned company was born. In the following decades, he would patent several designs and grow the company into the oldest and one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of ground protection and construction mats.
Through the years, Joe’s business has continued to grow through hard work and innovation. He has continually worked to improve his products and develop new products to meet emerging needs and, during this time, he has come to hold many patents.