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Wright Manufacturing, Inc.

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Wright Manufacturing, Inc.
Wright Manufacturing, Inc. - Logo (2018)
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IndustryCommercial Lawn Equipment Manufacturing
Founded 📆1981
Founder 👔William R. Wright
Headquarters 🏙️Frederick, Maryland 39°21′36″N 77°25′29″W / 39.359905°N 77.424709°W / 39.359905; -77.424709Coordinates: 39°21′36″N 77°25′29″W / 39.359905°N 77.424709°W / 39.359905; -77.424709
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Area served 🗺️
Key people
Bill Wright, John Foran, Ed Wright, Jeremiah Wright
Products 📟 Heavy-Duty Commercial Zero-Turn Mowers & Accessories
Members
Number of employees
170
🌐 Websitewww.wrightmfg.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Wright Manufacturing, Inc. is an American lawn care equipment manufacturing company, located in Frederick, Maryland. Wright is a global manufacturer of heavy-duty commercial zero-turn mowers and accessories, with markets across the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Caribbean.

Wright has been revolutionary in the commercial lawn maintenance industry, inventing the stand-on style of mower and other mowing accessories that have been adopted by industry leaders across the globe. The company maintains a 99,400 square-foot manufacturing plant that emphasizes Lean manufacturing principles to reduce waste.

History[edit]

Wright Manufacturing's first Stander
Wright Stander

Founded in 1981 as Lawn-Wright, Inc., a lawn maintenance company, founder William "Bill" Wright pivoted into manufacturing in 1983 after inventing an all-metal grass collector accessory that was able to be attached to the mowers he was using in his fleet. Wright continued designing accessories and in the late 1980's introduced the first single-wheel stand-on Sulky, an attachment that allowed for the operator to stand while mowing.[1] Wright was granted US patent 5004251  for the Sulky attachment in 1991.

By 1993, the company's focus shifted to manufacturing a complete mower with an innovative design. Wright sold the lawn maintenance and software divisions of Lawn-Wright,[1] rebranding the company as Wright Manufacturing, Inc. Wright was granted US patent 5507138  in 1995 and introduced the first stand-on mower to the market in 1997.[2][3]

On January 18, 2008, President George W. Bush toured Wright's headquarters to voice support for the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008.[4][5]

In 2012, the company entered into agreement with John Deere to manufacture stand-on mowers using Wright's patented technology.[6] Wright elected not to extend the agreement beyond May 2016.[7]

In December 2016, Wright was granted US patent 9516809  for their deck lift technology.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Heath, Thomas (April 6, 2014). "Wright lawn mowers survive Great Recession and cut a path to commercial success". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. Hall, Ron (January 22, 2016). "Our Guide to Stand-on Commercial Mowers". Turf Magazine. Turf Magazine. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. "20 Years Standing Strong. Wright to celebrate Stander Birthday". Green Industry Pros. Green Industry Pros. August 15, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  4. "President Bush Tours Factory, Discusses Economy". White House Archives. The White House Archives of President George W. Bush. January 18, 2008. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  5. Rosenwald, Michael S. (February 18, 2008). "A Smooth cut from Photo Op to Bill Signing". The Washington Post. The Washington Post. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  6. "Wright Mowers forms alliance with John Deere". Green Industry Pros. Green Industry Pros. August 16, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  7. "Wright, John Deere won't extend Manufacturing agreement". Green Industry Pros. Green Industry Pros. July 1, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2018.


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