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Garrett Metal Detectors, founder celebrate milestones

By Nick Bullock
Published: April 4, 2014
Garrett Metal Detectors
Eleanor (left to right), Charles and Vaughan Garrett celebrate Charles' 82nd birthday as well as Garrett Metal Detectors' 50th anniversary.
More than 250 Garrett Metal Detectors employees gathered April 1 to celebrate both the company’s 50th anniversary and the birthday of its founder, Charles Garrett.

“The two standards that my mother and father used to launch Garrett Metal Detectors were to provide the best metal detectors at a reasonable price and to provide the best customer service, bar none,” said Vaughan Garrett, a company vice president and Charles’ son, in a press release. “I will add a third standard, and that is to always have our metal detectors made in America.”

The family-owned business is one of the world’s largest producers of hobby, security and countermine detectors.

Charles, 82, a U.S. Navy veteran and electrical engineer, began designing detectors simply so he’d have a better tool for his own hobby. His wife, Eleanor, eventually challenged him to put his inventions on the market. They created Garrett Metal Detectors in 1964.

“Our first sales were made from our home in Garland, Texas,” Eleanor said. “We built, packed and shipped metal detectors right out of our garage.”

Today the operation is much larger, but it’s still based in Garland.

“I feel like I’m at home,” Charles said at his birthday celebration. “I guess that’s because Garrett Metal Detectors has always been like our second home.”