106 Years of History!
John McKay was the very first person to manufacture table pads for dining room tables. We began manufacturing table pads on January 1, 1911. The company’s current president, Steven McKay, is the 4th generation family member to run the business. The company began in Minneapolis, Minnesota and later moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Sentry built its own 11,000 square foot office building headquarters in January 1998 in the Saint Paul suburb of Oakdale. An interesting fact is that our family at one time had common ownership with the family that started the Ohio Table Pad Company. The founder’s brother left Minnesota and moved to Toledo and set up Ohio Table Pads. Common ownership was dissolved many years ago and Ohio Table Pad and its Guardian Table Pads division went out of business in 2015.
Sentry is the oldest and the largest table pad manufacturer. The company has grown its market share through internal expansion and acquisitions. Over the years the company has purchased Heat Proof Table Mat (St. Louis, MO), Acme Table Pad (Denver, CO), Stenzler Table Pad (Dallas, TX), Surpass Table Pad (Chicago, IL), Artex-Green of Chicago (Chicago, IL), J. Marie Martin Co. (San Francisco, CA), Artex-Green New York (Brooklyn, NY) and Hylo Table Pad (Pasadena, CA).
The company’s manufacturing plant is located in Miami, Oklahoma. Sentry is the owner and sole occupant of the building. Our building is a modern industrial building located in a city owned industrial park and is 22,000 square feet in size.
Sentry’s table pads are American made using American materials!
An interesting historical fact about table pads is that back in the 1911 to 1920’s era, table pads were a stocked item sold in department stores. At that time, when almost all tables were round, stores stocked 42, 48, 54 and 60 inch round table pads. Just as Henry Ford’s Model T came only in black, table pads came only in white with a green base. As table manufacturers began to make oval and shaped tables of all shapes and sizes, table pads became the custom made product that we know today. Another odd fact is that the company made small electrical fans for the war effort during World War II.
Year 1911 Historical Events
Our company started in 1911. It was generally a year of progress and optimism. However, it was only 3 short years until the tragedy of the Great War. It was the year of the 1st Indianapolis 500, the reaching of the South Pole and the introduction of the M19111 pistol. Click here to learn more about the year 1911.