In 1964, Charles Garrett’s lifetime hobby turned into his life’s work. An avid treasure hunter and inventor, Garrett and his wife, Eleanor, founded Garrett Metal Detectors in their garage.

“He had pretty much finished the first prototype, and it was really awesome, and it was making all the sounds that it normally does, but they were keeping my mom up at midnight,” said Vaughn Garrett, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “So she stepped out into the garage and said, ‘Charles, put that detector on the market or forget it.’ And the light bulb went off, and they formed the Garrett Metal Detector company at that point.”

Fifty-six years after it began, the company is the still pursuing its mission to provide top-of-the-line metal detectors.

Specializing in treasure hunting devices and security-screening machines, Garrett products have interacted with millions of people worldwide in various capacities over the past five decades.

On this episode of Made in America, we head to Garland, Texas to see how one of Garrett’s flagship products is brought to life. COO Bob Podhrasky, who has been with the company for more than 50 years, gives us the details straight from the assembly line.

While the company now serves clients all over the globe, including the Olympic games, it remains an important figure in its local area just outside of Dallas.

“We’ll continue to do it here. There’s no reason to move,” Vaughn Garrett said.

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