Sentry Group

History of Sentry Group
– In 1930, John Brush, Sr. and Willard Punnett opened a small shop for manufacturing safes in Rochester, New York.
– The company, known as the Brush-Punnett Company, pioneered the stamping of steel safes.
– Despite the challenges of the Great Depression and World War II, the company found success by selling safes to Vassar College and steel skids to Eastman Kodak.
– In 1943, John Brush Sr. became the sole owner of the company after purchasing his sister and brothers-in-law’s interest.
– The company changed its name to John D. Brush & Co. in 1955 and later became known as Sentry Group in 1987.

Legal cases involving Sentry Group
– In 1991, Michael Redman filed a product liability suit against Sentry Group after his coin collection was stolen from a Sentry Supreme Safe.
– Redman won the jury verdict in district court, but the decision was later reversed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
– The court held that Redman failed to demonstrate that the safe violated industry standards, government standards, or reasonable consumer expectations.
– The safe in question was designed to meet fire-resistant standards, not burglar deterrent standards.
– Expert testimony revealed that materials enhancing burglar-resistance on safes can reduce fire-resistance.

– ‘About SentrySafe’
– ‘Made In Our Hometown: SentrySafe’, 13Wham, December 2012
– ‘At Sentry, Employees Feel Secure’, R News website
– ‘Alfred University Presents Awards to Four Rochester-area Family Businesses’, AU Press Release 5/24/01, Alfred University website
– ‘Schumer Pushes Tax Credit For Gun Safes – Could Boost Jobs at Rochester Safemaker’, Senator Charles E. Schumer website

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