The Walsh Company: 100 Years in Harness

This year, the Walsh Company, one of the elite harness manufacturing companies in the world, will join such American industry icons as Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca-Cola in celebrating at least 100 years of being in business.

According to Yale University professor Richard Foster, the average life expectancy of companies today is about 15 years, which makes Walsh's recent achievement all the more impressive, but not surprising to those who use their products.

"It's a true testament to the quality of their workmanship," said trainer Tony Alagna, a longtime customer of Walsh and conditioner of champions such as Captaintreacherous and My MVP. "Nobody stays around for that long without putting out a great product."

Excellence and innovation have defined the company since the very beginning, back in 1914.

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Paul and Thea Treiber, owners of Walsh Products in Brookfield, have built their business around the quality horse products they sell.

That is how the business has been in operation for 100 years.

"We are proud of what we do and really, that is how we have managed to be in business for 100 years, we are tried and true," said Thea. "Our customers know that they will be able to come back to Walsh several years from now and we are still going to be here making the same products, and that speaks volumes for who we are."

Walsh Products gallops into new markets

Brookfield-based Walsh Products Inc. made a name for itself in 1914 with its innovative no-buckle horse harness. It replaced a buckling system with snaps to more easily hitch a draft horse to a cart. The company is still known for its harnesses, though they're no longer made for plowing. It manufactures harnesses, halters, bridles and other accessories used in competition in the Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Show Horse and Equestrian markets. "The Standardbred industry will always be our bread and butter," said Thea Treiber, vice president and co-owner of Walsh. She and her husband, Paul, president and chief executive officer, purchased it in 2002.

Brookfield firm Walsh harnesses tradition to make equipment for horses

It's not often you hear about a company that still makes buggy whips, let alone halters and harnesses with a sewing machine from the late 1800s. Yet that's the case at Walsh Products, a century-old Brookfield company that makes harnesses for Standardbred racehorses, including entries from the first trainer in the sport to accumulate $100 million in purses. Walsh, which has a 40,000-square-foot facility on Calhoun Road, has survived by staying in the winner's circle and adapting to new markets, including exports that now comprise about a third of its sales and have increased 30% in the last two years.