About

We are boss

Building great things takes trust. Trust in talent. Trust in skills. Trust in tools. Since 1893, industrial workers, retailers, hobbyists and distributors have trusted Boss Manufacturing to deliver the safety wear and support they need for every situation.

Great things start
with great gear.

Our story began in 1890s Kewanee, Illinois, when a farmer, frustrated by the challenges of husking corn, combined a leather strap and a metal hook to create the Perkins Boss Husker. This simple invention led to the establishment of the Perkins Husker Company, which became Boss Manufacturing in 1893. Boss built its reputation by responding to the needs of local farmers, replacing their cloth work mittens with high-quality work gloves.

Over 120 years of excellence.

Boss gloves have been shipped all over the world. They even went to the South Pole with Admiral Byrd. But we haven’t forgotten our roots, even after 120 years of growth. Although we donated our original office building on West First Street to Kewanee’s First Baptist Church, our company is still headquartered in Kewanee, with distribution centers and sales teams throughout the United States and Canada.

Today, Boss continues to respond to the urgent needs of our customers. We keep up with emerging technologies so that we can continue to offer innovative glove designs for changing work environments. As the oldest glove company in the United States, we’ve developed the infrastructure, inventory and relationships we need to ensure our customers and partners always have everything they need to succeed — as soon as they need it.

Distributors

Boss’ untagged gloves, boots and protective wear are perfect for bulk sales in industries where heat, cut and chemical protection is critical, like agriculture, auto, energy, lumber and construction.

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Retailers

Convenience stores, mass merchandisers, hardware and grocery stores rely on Boss’ wide selection of products and merchandising to drive sales.

Boss Holdings, Inc.

Boss Manufacturing is a proud member of the Boss Holdings family. Boss Holdings identifies and invests in promising companies, helping them uncover new opportunities for lasting success through shared capital, logistics and operational expertise.

Aries
Boss Pet

Supplier of pet products

Galactic Fun Time Line

Personalized promotional products

CAT
Awards
  • 2016, 2015, 2014, & 2013 Caterpillar Licensee Excellence & Recognition - Platinum Status
  • 2016 & 2015 Distribution America "Vendor of the Year" in Lawn & Garden
  • 2014 ProGroup Key Supplier of the Year
  • 2014 Dealer Market - Trendsetter Award
  • 2014 IBC President's Club
  • 2012 Caterpillar Licensee Excellence & Recognition - Silver Status
  • 2012 & 2011 IBC President's Club
  • 2012 Distribution America & Pro Hardware - Best New Product
  • 2011 Caterpillar Licensee Excellence & Recognition - Platinum