Morning Pride Manufacturing was born in the basement of a dry goods store owned by Lawrence and Estelle Grilliot in Dayton, in 1921. Mrs. Grilliot took over the space to sew “morning dresses,” garments women wore over their regular dresses when they cleaned the house. In 1924, at the request of a local fire equipment distributor, the company expanded its clothing line to include canvas duck coats for firefighters. In 1929, the company built its first stitching facility, a state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Dayton. From tarps to aprons to hospital gowns, the Grilliots kept the plant running as they built their fire gear business and continued to develop new and innovative products over the years.
Today, Morning Pride, the brand most associated with the advancement of fire safety product development, is an iconic part of Honeywell, America’s technology company. Our history is full of change, innovation, and growth. Honeywell is committed to honoring Morning Pride’s legacy, by further developing cutting edge safety technologies, and working even closer with those who safeguard our communities, that together, make up this great country. Honeywell is a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies to address some of the world’s toughest challenges linked to global macrotrends such as energy efficiency, clean energy generation, safety and security, globalization and customer productivity. Today, Honeywell technologies and services can be found in a wide range of industries, with a customer base that spans the globe. This Dayton Original takes great pride in their technological advancements and commitment to develop and manufacture the world’s most trusted personal protection equipment.