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Feature   November 1, 2010   by Auto Service World

Peterson Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary

This year marks the 65th year of business for Peterson Manufacturing Company.

Known locally as the “Quiet Giant” in the Kansas City suburb of Grandview, Peterson has evolved with little fanfare from a tiny, retail-oriented manufacturer to a quarter-billion-dollar, multi-faceted corporation whose safety lighting products and other services reach millions of customers worldwide. Today the family-owned company headquarters are on a 44-acre corporate campus in a 670,000-square-foot facility, housing all departments of Peterson’s vertically integrated operations. Tobe Tennyson, longtime Peterson associate and archivist, recently compiled a timeline marking significant milestones in the history of the company. “I’ve been fortunate to be in the middle of so much change and growth at Peterson,” he says. “And this is just the beginning — we will continue to grow.” (For the full timeline visit

“We’re proud to be celebrating our 65th anniversary,” says Peterson president and CEO, Don Armacost, Jr. “While much has changed here, one thing that hasn’t is a tradition of square dealing that my father established in the early days. It’s brought this company a long way, and will continue to guide our relations with customers, suppliers, and employees as we move ahead.”

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