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Bradley T. Kraft - President & CEO

August 20, 2018

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Hopkins Turns Sixty-Five

EMPORIA, KS – Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation celebrates its 65th year in business today. Founded in 1953 in Emporia, Kansas by E. L. (Bud) and R. E. (Gene) Hopkins, the brothers developed various body shop tools, including an effective tool to aim vehicle headlights. The “Hoppy Headlight Aimer” became an icon in the body shop industry.

 

The founders looked to the emerging plastics technology in the 1960s to continue to improve their products. This new direction led to using plastics to make ice scrapers and Hopkins entered the consumer products market in 1975. This was a turning point for Hopkins and established a new path for growth. Over the next 22 years, the Hopkins brothers expanded the company into Plug-In-Simple® vehicle and trailer wiring connectors and other products.

 

Since 1997 when the founders phased out, the company has expanded significantly, through both acquisition and internal organic growth, in additional towing electrical and lighting products, winter snow and ice tools, automotive organizers and interior accessories, oil and fluid change tools, vehicle cleaning products, electronic vehicle safety products, tire repair and safety products and air fresheners. In addition to the corporate headquarters in Emporia, the company has marketing, manufacturing and distribution facilities in nine other locations around the world.

 

“Today, we honor the excellent work of all of those that came before us,” said Bradley T. Kraft, president & CEO. He added, “Their passion for exceeding expectations set the foundation for Hopkins’ success, and has become our guiding principle in all that we do.”

 

Today the company looks toward a bright future with a continued focus on delivering meaningful innovation, performance and value to consumers for years to come.

 

About Hopkins

Headquartered in Emporia, Kansas, Hopkins is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of quality, innovative specialized towing products and functional accessories for the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarkets. Hopkins markets its products under a number of well-recognized brand names, including: Hopkins Towing Solutions® Trailer Wiring & Brake Control Products; Blazer™ Vehicle & Trailer Lighting Products; Carrand™, AutoSpa™, Tanner’s Select®, Pacific Coast™ and Detailer’s Choice® Vehicle Cleaning Products; Mallory® squeegees; Bell®, Victor™, Monkey Grip™ and Go Gear® Vehicle Accessories; Sub-Zero® and Mallory® Snow & Ice Tools; Flo-Tool® Fluid Management Products; BrakeBuddy® RV tow brakes; nVISION® Vehicle Safety Products; Arm & Hammer™ and DUO™ Automotive Air Fresheners; and Juice™ Booster Cables. For more information on Hopkins, visit www.HopkinsMfg.com.

 

 

 

For more information:

Brandon Dexter

Director of Creative Services

(620) 340-8496

brandon.dexter@hopkinsmfg.com

 

Mike Williams

Chief Marketing Officer

(620) 340-8403

mike.williams@hopkinsmfg.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation

428 Peyton St. | P.O. Box 1157

Emporia, KS 66801-1157

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WHAT DRIVES US,
DRIVES YOUR GROWTH

 EMPORIA, KS – Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation celebrates its 65th year in business today. Founded in 1953 in Emporia, Kansas by E. L. (Bud) and R. E. (Gene) Hopkins, the brothers developed various body shop tools, including an effective tool to aim vehicle headlights. The “Hoppy Headlight Aimer” became an icon in the body shop industry.

 

The founders looked to the emerging plastics technology in the 1960s to continue to improve their products. This new direction led to using plastics to make ice scrapers and Hopkins entered the consumer products market in 1975. This was a turning point for Hopkins and established a new path for growth. Over the next 22 years, the Hopkins brothers expanded the company into Plug-In-Simple® vehicle and trailer wiring connectors and other products.

 

Since 1997 when the founders phased out, the company has expanded significantly, through both acquisition and internal organic growth, in additional towing electrical and lighting products, winter snow and ice tools, automotive organizers and interior accessories, oil and fluid change tools, vehicle cleaning products, electronic vehicle safety products, tire repair and safety products and air fresheners. In addition to the corporate headquarters in Emporia, the company has marketing, manufacturing and distribution facilities in nine other locations around the world.

 

“Today, we honor the excellent work of all of those that came before us,” said Bradley T. Kraft, president & CEO. He added, “Their passion for exceeding expectations set the foundation for Hopkins’ success, and has become our guiding principle in all that we do.”

 

Today the company looks toward a bright future with a continued focus on delivering meaningful innovation, performance and value to consumers for years to come.

 

About Hopkins

Headquartered in Emporia, Kansas, Hopkins is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of quality, innovative specialized towing products and functional accessories for the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarkets. Hopkins markets its products under a number of well-recognized brand names, including: Hopkins Towing Solutions® Trailer Wiring & Brake Control Products; Blazer™ Vehicle & Trailer Lighting Products; Carrand™, AutoSpa™, Tanner’s Select®, Pacific Coast™ and Detailer’s Choice® Vehicle Cleaning Products; Mallory® squeegees; Bell®, Victor™, Monkey Grip™ and Go Gear® Vehicle Accessories; Sub-Zero® and Mallory® Snow & Ice Tools; Flo-Tool® Fluid Management Products; BrakeBuddy® RV tow brakes; nVISION® Vehicle Safety Products; Arm & Hammer™ and DUO™ Automotive Air Fresheners; and Juice™ Booster Cables. For more information on Hopkins, visit www.HopkinsMfg.com.

 

 

 

For more information:

Brandon Dexter

Director of Creative Services

(620) 340-8496

brandon.dexter@hopkinsmfg.com

 

Mike Williams

Chief Marketing Officer

(620) 340-8403

mike.williams@hopkinsmfg.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DRIVES US, DRIVES YOUR GROWTH

EMPORIA, KS – Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation celebrates its 65th year in business today. Founded in 1953 in Emporia, Kansas by E. L. (Bud) and R. E. (Gene) Hopkins, the brothers developed various body shop tools, including an effective tool to aim vehicle headlights. The “Hoppy Headlight Aimer” became an icon in the body shop industry.

 

The founders looked to the emerging plastics technology in the 1960s to continue to improve their products. This new direction led to using plastics to make ice scrapers and Hopkins entered the consumer products market in 1975. This was a turning point for Hopkins and established a new path for growth. Over the next 22 years, the Hopkins brothers expanded the company into Plug-In-Simple® vehicle and trailer wiring connectors and other products.

 

Since 1997 when the founders phased out, the company has expanded significantly, through both acquisition and internal organic growth, in additional towing electrical and lighting products, winter snow and ice tools, automotive organizers and interior accessories, oil and fluid change tools, vehicle cleaning products, electronic vehicle safety products, tire repair and safety products and air fresheners. In addition to the corporate headquarters in Emporia, the company has marketing, manufacturing and distribution facilities in nine other locations around the world.

 

“Today, we honor the excellent work of all of those that came before us,” said Bradley T. Kraft, president & CEO. He added, “Their passion for exceeding expectations set the foundation for Hopkins’ success, and has become our guiding principle in all that we do.”

 

Today the company looks toward a bright future with a continued focus on delivering meaningful innovation, performance and value to consumers for years to come.

 

About Hopkins

Headquartered in Emporia, Kansas, Hopkins is a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of quality, innovative specialized towing products and functional accessories for the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarkets. Hopkins markets its products under a number of well-recognized brand names, including: Hopkins Towing Solutions® Trailer Wiring & Brake Control Products; Blazer™ Vehicle & Trailer Lighting Products; Carrand™, AutoSpa™, Tanner’s Select®, Pacific Coast™ and Detailer’s Choice® Vehicle Cleaning Products; Mallory® squeegees; Bell®, Victor™, Monkey Grip™ and Go Gear® Vehicle Accessories; Sub-Zero® and Mallory® Snow & Ice Tools; Flo-Tool® Fluid Management Products; BrakeBuddy® RV tow brakes; nVISION® Vehicle Safety Products; Arm & Hammer™ and DUO™ Automotive Air Fresheners; and Juice™ Booster Cables. For more information on Hopkins, visit www.HopkinsMfg.com.

 

 

 

For more information:

Brandon Dexter

Director of Creative Services

(620) 340-8496

brandon.dexter@hopkinsmfg.com

 

Mike Williams

Chief Marketing Officer

(620) 340-8403

mike.williams@hopkinsmfg.com