US Weight was founded in 1996 by Larry Mitchell and Matt Buchannan who were both entrepreneurs working in Olney, Illinois. The two partners purchased some of the fitness related assets from RoadMaster Corporation which was one of the largest sporting goods companies at the time. Some of RoadMaster's brands included Vitamaster, DP, Ajay, Healthmaster, Universal, and Flexible Flyer. US Weight focused initially on the fitness market since it acquired the fitness weight manufacturing technology from RoadMaster originally developed by Diversified Products (DP) in the 1960s. DP pioneered the concept of nonferrous weight sets encased in blow-molded polyethylene which significantly broadened the reach and appeal of fitness equipment and usage in the USA. These newly designed weights did not rust, did not scuff floors, were easy to handle, and were much lower in cost than traditional cast iron fitness weights. DP branded these innovate weight sets Orbatron. US Weight utilized the DP technology and experience to quickly become a success securing distribution at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, and others.
Escalade, Inc. purchased US Weight in 2001 from Larry and Matt to further expand its sporting goods business. Escalade, founded in 1927, is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ (ESCA) and has been a leading manufacturer of sporting goods and outdoor recreation equipment for nearly 90 years. Escalade is headquartered in Evansville, Indiana and has operations throughout North America.
US Weight has called Olney, Illinois its home since the company started in 1998. The management team and manufacturing facility are both located in Olney. With an entrepreneurial team and unique manufacturing capabilities, US Weight has grown and expanded its product range over the years. Today, the US Weight product range includes tractor wheel weights, suitcase weights, tiller weights, umbrella bases and canopy weights along with their line of crowd control and plastic chain for use as visual safety barriers. US Weight sells to a wide variety of customers including Wal-Mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Uline, Amazon, John Deere, MTD and Kubota. US Weight also offers customized OEM solutions with its in-house engineers working directly with customers to save time and money on weighted applications where steel or cast-iron is commonly used.
US Weight attributes its success to following three main principles: quality, service & innovation. These principles have paved the way for several opportunities over the years and continue to allow for more growth.