K.W. Muth Company History
K.W. Muth Company was founded in 1947 by Kenneth W. Muth (Ken) in his Grandmothers garage where he devised a paper making machine that prolonged the life of batteries. The company evolved into a wood-based manufacturer of Dental bibs, Barbie Doll houses and basketball backboards, and many other wood-based products. Mr. Muth also sold roof liners, door panels and sun visors for the Nash Rambler in the 1950s. Ken’s son, Michael D. (Mike) Muth became President in 1972 and focused the company as a leading supplier in the automotive segment for cars and trucks.
Under his direction, Mike transformed the K.W. Muth Company in the 70’s into a manufacturer for the automotive industry. The company produced acoustical packing, door and headliner trims and rubber floor mats for GM, Ford and Chrysler. This division was sold in 1992 to Masland Industries, which later was acquired by Lear Corporation.
In 1992, K.W. Muth Company formed a division named Muth Mirror Systems and started developing its patented Signal® Mirror technology. Today, Muth has shipped over 9 million Signal® Mirror units to the OEM and Aftermarket customers. (See website for available cars and trucks.)
Since 1947, the company remains private and family-owned with Kenneth (Ken) W. Muth (3rd generation) acting as Chairman / CEO. Under Ken’s direction, our company remains highly focused and dedicated to innovating affordable safety solutions based on its LED-based Signal and Blind Spot Detection systems for its OEM and Aftermarket customers. As a family-owned business, we pride ourselves on our integrity, high-quality, and safety based products, which our staff has over 80 years of experience at Muth and more than 1.5 times that of Automotive expertise.
Muth Company is located in Sheboygan, WI where we operate two production functions in a 60,000 sq ft plant for our OEM and Aftermarket customers. In this facility, we cut automotive glass, laser etch glass, assemble LED mirrors, perform final testing and all corporate functions.
Engineering is our foundation
Sheboygan is also the site of our highly experienced and our in-house dedicated engineering team. We believe our expertise and long operating history in specialized LED mirror electronics (since ’92) makes us an innovation leader, which we will continue to advance. Our mechanical and electrical engineers are dedicated to providing customers with creative solutions and we are privileged to have them. We welcome the opportunity to solve our customers’ matters together!
Muth’s Program Managers are located in in Sheboygan and are responsible for launching our BSDD mirrors on new vehicle platforms globally (about 15 countries). Our Program Managers are working with Tier 1 suppliers and OEMs to make sure our engineering and production processes are accurate as we take our LED based products from conception to vehicle launch. Our Program Managers also work closely with our internal engineering team and Muth’s sales team coordinating information to our customers!
Detroit, MI and Tokyo, Japan
Our OEM technical sales office in Bingham Farms, Michigan (a Detroit suburb) and in Tokyo, Japan, serves our OEM customers on a real-time basis. These sites provide our customers engineering guidance and best practices in the area of HMI (Human to Machine Interface) for Through-the-Glass Technology. With our locations close to our OEM and Tier I customers, we offer rapid support capability for current production, service parts and the development of new products and programs. Our highly experienced technical staff works with OEM customers independently and / or with the Tier I automotive suppliers to understand expectations of our safety products through the full product life cycle. We maintain the belief that personal relationships are very valuable, quick response times are essential and our dedicated staff creates value for our customers and allow them to succeed.