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Special Guest Tours Peterson Manufacturing in Grandview

Bill Graves, former two-term Kansas Governor (1995-2003) and current president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, was a special guest at Peterson Manufacturing Company’s corporate campus on Friday.

Peterson is a leading supplier of vehicle lighting and safety systems for customers worldwide. The ATA is the national trade and safety organization of the U.S. trucking industry, representing the interests of its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and other groups. Graves, whose family owned a Salina, Kan., trucking firm and operated fleets for some 70 years, brings a wealth of industry knowledge to his ATA leadership.

Graves’ visit included a tour of Peterson’s 670,000 square-foot production facility as well as the other Peterson companies located on its Grandview campus. With companies that specialize in engineering, tooling and component parts, Peterson’s vertically integrated structure allows it to control the entire production process from design to delivery. The advantages are enhanced quality, speed and efficiency in every phase of operation.

During his tour Graves spoke to some of the issues affecting companies involved in transportation-related businesses.

“The trucking industry depends on suppliers like Peterson to provide cutting edge technology to keep our trucks running safely,” Graves said. “Even something as simple as having good lighting to keep our trucks visible to other motorists can be very important in ensuring the safety of all vehicles on the highway.”

Of vital interest to the transportation industry is the growing momentum behind repatriating American manufacturing jobs previously outsourced to other countries. As an industry leader, Peterson is a strong believer in “Made in the USA”. The company, privately owned by Kansas City’s Armacost family since 1956, has employed thousands of area residents over the years. Today Peterson’s work force of over 650 non-union associates produces a growing majority of its vast product line at the company’s corporate campus in Grandview, Mo.


American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter, Facebook or on Trucking Moves America Forward.


Peterson Manufacturing Company is a world-leading innovator in the engineering and production of a complete line of vehicle safety lighting, custom wiring harnesses, and many other safety-related products. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, Peterson Manufacturing is a key subsidiary of Peterson Corporation, nine highly specialized companies and nearly 1,000 associates working in global transportation-related industries. With headquarters in the greater Kansas City area, Peterson Manufacturing is a privately held company and has been in operation since 1945.

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