Domestic manufacturing profile: CARR

In March of 1945, Vernon Lester Carr started V.L. Carr & Son Pattern Co. in an old metal shop behind his house in Los Angeles. His son, Wendell Whittaker Carr, joined him later that year at the end of World War II after his return from serving as a patternmaker in the Navy. 

Today, CARR is a third-generation, family owned, American-made manufacturer headquartered in Southern California. 

"One of our latest new products is our Work Truck Steps," said Steve Norris. "These galvanized steel, gas cylinder-deployed mechanical steps mount to any flat surface where both sides of the mounting area are accessible."

The company has more than 67 years of business under its belt, manufacturing exterior vehicle accessories. "We design, engineer, package and stock our own products in-house to ensure that our customers get the highest value for their investment," Norris said.

The company buys all of its OEM parts (from suppliers we’ve know for decades) locally in Southern California.