When R. D. Newman invented the first aluminum telescopic extension handle in 1958, he was fulfilling the needs of a customer. Now Mr. LongArm produces over 300 products that make life easier for professional and do-it-yourself painters, window washers and cleaners. Mr. LongArm has continued to prosper for 60 years, due in great extent to its ability to listen to and meet the demands of its markets.
The idea for the first aluminum extension handle came to R. D. Newman while he was making a sales call on a paint business in Wichita in 1958. The owner and a paint contractor were struggling, trying to tape a paint roller frame to a piece of regular electrical conduit.
When Mr. Newman returned home, he started thinking of aluminum to replace the heavy and unwieldy electrical conduit. In 1958, he formed the company that would become Mr. LongArm to start producing the first known aluminum extension handles. He and his wife started showing these products at various trade shows and they were a big success.
Mr. LongArm’s telescoping poles have evolved over the years and our research and development departments continue to make great strides in product enhancements. Although most of our poles traditionally have been straight and made primarily out of aluminum, recent innovations have included the ProCurve system and use of fiberglass in a wide variety of our poles.
The quality and dependability of our products are ensured by our involvement in all aspects of manufacturing, including the use of our own injection-molding and fiberglass pultrusion systems. We also have expanded our product line beyond extension poles, and now manufacture and sell many of the applicators and other accessories that attach to them.
Mr. LongArm products are now sold in paint, home decorating and hardware stores across the U.S. and in over 50 foreign countries. Additionally, Mr. LongArm products are featured in the janitorial, sanitary supply, RV, and marine industries. Custom manufacturing and private labeling are also part of our firm’s line of distribution.