As 2016 shortly comes to a close, we are reflecting on a good year and thankful for our loyal customers, and our new customers too!
We’re looking forward to 2017 which will present new opportunities and challenges for our company. Some of our product lines will be invigorated with new or redesigned items. Some of our processes will be improved through updated technology.
As always, our production, customer service, and corporate leadership personnel will be looking for ways to make U.S. Tape Company even stronger, and more responsive to the needs of our customers.
We wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous New Year!
U.S. Tape Company is celebrating it’s anniversary. We are marking our 140th year in business.
Founded in 1876 by surveyor, civil engineer, and inventor Justus Roe, the company started in a small building on Main St. in Patchogue, NY. At first, the long surveyor’s tape measures that were sold were actually manufactured in larger factories in Brooklyn and NYC. The tapes could reach 100′ in length, so the factory had to be longer than that to accommodate the board that was used to inspect the tapes when laid out full length.
When demand for these measuring tapes became great, Justus moved the manufacturing operation to a larger factory in Patchogue and began producing tape measures there so orders could be handled from start to finish in one location.
Need to Expand
After a while, even larger facilities were needed and the company moved three more times, all within the Patchogue area, until U.S. Tape moved it’s operations and factory to Pennsburg, PA in January of 2007. We still produce a line of short and long tapes, as well as oil gauging tapes at this location.
Our company has undergone quite a few name changes over the years as well-from Roe & Sons, to Roe International, to Irwin Measuring Tool Company, and finally to U.S. Tape Company. As a side note, the name U.S. Tape actually stands for Universal Steel Tape Co.!
Read more in depth about the interesting early history of U.S. Tape in the accompanying pdf “Justus Roe & Sons, Est. 1876 Second Oldest Patchogue Business”, originally printed in the Patchogue Advance in 1971.
Look for further posts about the history of U.S. Tape Company in the future.
We received this awesome testimonial from a happy DuraWheel Pro measuring wheel user. Thanks, John!
As discussed I treasure the US Tape wheel I have.
I have had many measuring wheels in the Last 10 years and all have failed. Some have in fact cost us quite a bit of money from miss measurements. This wheel has outlasted the other wheels and show no sign of giving up.
I got tired of less expensive wheels letting me down at the worst time especially when I am out of town.
Lastly you should know that I do not loan out my wheel to people in the office as I treasure it that much… I realize that doesn’t help you get more sold but this one is MINE.
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