History

Launching, Learning, Leaping

Physician and surgeon Ivan E. Brown, Sr. launched Brown Manufacturing in 1965 after receiving a U.S. Patent for his invention, the Plastalume® Finger Splint. When sales of this new product increased, Dr. Brown moved operations from a workroom in his basement to a small building behind his residence. Under the leadership of Ivan’s son, Ivan E. Brown, Jr., the company continued to expand. The SEAL-TIGHT® Cast and Bandage Protector, introduced in 1989, was instrumental in the evolution of Brownmed, as the product’s success resulted in considerable sales and employment growth – and the need for increased manufacturing space.

A lot of things have changed since Brownmed produced the first aluminum/foam finger splint more than 50 years ago – but one thing remains the same, and that’s Brownmed’s mission: Improving Life is Our Passion.

Today, Brownmed employs more than 70 people and manufactures and sells more than 130 different products to a worldwide market. Exports contribute approximately 20% of sales and Brownmed has distribution relationships in 130 countries. Brownmed has been awarded 43 patents and has 8 pending with the United States Patent Office. Further, Brownmed has 32 registered trademarks and 17 product trademarks.

Our History Timeline Since 1967

1964 – Plastalume Invented

1964 – Plastalume Invented

1965 – Patent granted for Plastalume

1965 – Patent granted for Plastalume

1967 – Dr. Brown expanded

1967 – Dr. Brown expanded

1982 – A new era began

1982 – A new era began

1985 – Iowa Small Business Exporter of the Year

1985 – Iowa Small Business Exporter of the Year

1987 – Seal-TIGHT® was born

1987 – Seal-TIGHT® was born

1989 – SEAL-TIGHT manufacturing began

1989 – SEAL-TIGHT manufacturing began

1990 – New building

1990 – New building

1993 – The company introduced Steady Grip

1993 – The company introduced Steady Grip

1994 – New Leadership

1994 – New Leadership

1997 – Expanding and Exporting

1997 – Expanding and Exporting

1998 – External advisement sought

1998 – External advisement sought

1999 – Brown breaks the ice with cryotherapy

1999 – Brown breaks the ice with cryotherapy

2003 – Brown earned the CE Mark

2003 – Brown earned the CE Mark

2004 – Another step forward with Soft Stride

2004 – Another step forward with Soft Stride

2008 – A year of good things

2008 – A year of good things

2009 – Nice Stretch rebranded

2009 – Nice Stretch rebranded

2010 – IMAK Acquisition

2010 – IMAK Acquisition

2013 – Intellinetix

2013 – Intellinetix

2014 – NuRoo Products acquired

2014 – NuRoo Products acquired

Fifty years (Since 1965 – 2015 )

Fifty years (Since 1965 – 2015 )

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