A History of InnovationMission Rubber Company was founded by Ben Bryan Garrett
, a plumber who believed no obstacle was insurmountable. During the difficult years of the Great Depression, Ben’s pioneering spirit led him to expand into the underground utilities
business, which included the installation of sewer, water and utilities infrastructure.
After World War II (post-1945), business grew as the Southern California economy began to revive. Housing starts were booming, and demand for clay pipe became so high that Ben had trouble finding enough raw materials from local manufacturing
. He met this challenge head-on by purchasing a brick factory south of Los Angeles and converting its equipment to extrude clay pipe. The new company, Mission Clay Products made its first sale on July 9, 1951.
When Ben bought the factory, clay pipe was joined together via “bell and spigot” connections, and sealed by pouring concrete into the joint. Unfortunately, the bells had a tendency to break during manufacturing. Ben realized he could reduce scrap rates by eliminating the bells, which required a new way to connect the pipes
. Working with a local rubber manufacturer, he engineered and designed prototypes
of the modern flexible sewer coupling, changing the industry forever.