First Metal to Metal Seat Belt Buckle
Cummings & Sanders is awarded a patent for the first metal-to-metal seat belt buckle.
A Brand is Born!
The company changed its name from Cummings and Sanders to The American Safety Corporation. (AmSafe for short)
Expansion into Commercial Products
The AmSafe Commercial Product Unit is formed, bringing a full time focus to ground-based vehicle safety systems.
A Key Acquisition
AmSafe acquired SafeTex, a company based in the United Kingdom and opened wholly owned subsidiary and high-volume manufacturing operation in Kunshan, China .
A New Home
AmSafe Commercial products relocated its headquarters and North American manufacturing to Elkhart, IN USA.
We are acquired
AmSafe is acquired by TransDigm Group
The company acquires Beam's Seat Belts, one of the world's longest tenured seatbelt manufacturer.
Rebranding the Company
Amsafe Commerical Products spins off from AmSafe and rebrands itself Shield Restraint Systems. The company is focused on ground-based restraints for a multitude of markets outside of aviation.
SHIELD doubles the size of its Elkhart, IN manufacturing operations, adds automation, and further vertically integrates it supply chain.