In 1873, a young 23-year-old man named Edward Jewett Brooks moved from Boston to New York to find his fortune. His story has the classic beginning of a young entrepreneur chasing the American dream and, in his case, he found it. It all began like most amazing success stories with taking a risk. That year he obtained a small lead-toy manufacturer on Pearl Street and renamed it E.J Brooks and Company. Before long, he moved to 346 Broadway and began the development of a new product line.
2 years later, in 1875, Brooks and investor Lewis Pierce reorganized the company. They made the shift from lead-toys to railway supplies such as railroad car seals, conductor’s punches, and rail worker uniforms. In 1879 E.J. Brooks and Company was incorporated, and soon after received their first major contract with the United States Treasury Department providing lead seals for sealing packages of taxable merchandise.
With the company growing rapidly, a bigger operational facility was eventually necessary. Brooks moved to a new plant in Newark, New Jersey in 1883.
The company now had three focuses which were being a major supplier of lead and metal seals in the eastern United States; distributing a wide variety of products through a catalog/mail system; and operating a wholesaler and retailer that sold flour, feed, and grain.
Like many businesses, E.J. Brooks and Company was affected by major economic events like the panic of 1893. Though these times were hard, the company continued growing and came out strong. In the early 1900’s many major railroads, such as The Pennsylvania Railroad and the Hudson Manhattan Railroad were expanding in the area of New Jersey and New York. During this time, these rail companies needed Brooks’ products more than ever for transporting everything from money, raw materials, and products to chemicals and pharmaceuticals. With the increase in demand and business, the company underwent a large expansion in 1902 and 1903.
When the Great Depression hit the country, E.J. Brooks and Company was shifting ownership from father to son. Edward Brooks had been making preparations for the transfer of the company to his son, Winfred Brooks, since 1928. On March 14, 1929 all the arrangements were in order and the transfer was completed. Edward Brooks passed away on May 31, 1930 and Winfred became Chairman of the Board and Treasurer. Edward’s daughter Elinor became Vice President, Secretary, and majority stock holder after his wife, Ellen’s, passing in 1936.
Under new leadership, E.J. Brooks Company continued to grow, and innovation thrived. Profits continued to rise, doubling between 1933 and 1935, and by 1939 any effects the Depression had on the company were gone. The company prospered and was soon called upon to help the country in World War II by providing their Lead and Wire seal to secure Allied and American Forces’ ammunition boxes. For years to come, many companies and business continued to rely on E.J. Brooks Company’s items such as the Lead and Wire, the Sure Lock Door Seal, and the All Metal Bag Seal.
Soon the Brooks Company turned its attention to a new innovative idea, plastic seals. Their first two plastic seals, the Griplock Coin Bag Seal and the Plastic Padlock, were accepted by customers. Many believed plastic seals to be the future of the company. It wasn’t going to be an easy or cheap process, to make plastic seals widely accepted among companies and businesses, but it was a risk they were willing to take. It would be the 1970’s before plastic seals really took off and became a major player in E.J. Brooks Company’s product line.
Through the years to come, E.J. Brooks Company would face numerous successes and major hardships. They would continue to power through such hardships and emerge triumphant and stronger than before. Their catalog continued to grow, and numerous acquisitions were made. By 2009, 136 years after Edward Brooks took his first steps to begin his business, E.J. Brooks Company was the leader of plastic-based indicative seals and utility solutions. Now came the company’s biggest move ever as they merged with Tyden Security Solutions, a company with over 150 years of experience, to become TydenBrooks Security Products Group.
The legacy E.J. Brooks began back in 1873 still shines today as TydenBrooks stands as the global leader of security seals and solutions for over 145 years with their unbeatable catalog including metal seals such as the SnapTracker, Flex Bolt seal, EZ Loc, EZ Loc Plus and Flex Secure cable seals; and plastic seals such as the All Seal, Equilok, and Pull Tight seals. TydenBrooks offers more than anyone else in the security seal industry, including non-seal security solutions such as tapes and labels and tamper evident bags. Innovation, protecting supply chains, and great customer service remain at the center of TydenBrooks’ mission as we continue to grow and evolve with the world around us. We were recently featured in Manufacturing Today magazine in an article that touches on our fascinating history as well as an informative interview with our CEO, Robert Logemann. You can read the article here.
For more information or to discuss your unique security needs and challenges, contact TydenBrooks at 1-800-458-SEAL or via email at [email protected]. We look forward to helping you prevent theft, pilferage and tampering while ensuring the secure movement of finished goods and raw materials by your company and partners.