McGard LLC

McGard LLC

McGard is a manufacturer of high quality security products, wheel locks and chrome plated lug nuts. Our customers include some of the finest North American, Japanese and European automotive manufacturers, as well as government agencies, the military, municipalities, and the fuel industry. Since 1966, McGard has become known for its unique product designs and comprehensive service programs in these and other areas where security and safety are top priorities. Consistent high quality that insures the greatest value for our customers is the foundation of our business, and is evident in every McGard product on the market today. McGard’s worldwide presence continues to grow with three principal operations located in the United States, Germany and Japan.

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3875 California Road , Orchard Park , NY 14127-4198 USA
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Health and Safety
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Globally (various continents)
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McGard produces the highest quality products at the most reasonable cost to meet our customers’ needs. We strive to continually improve ourselves and our products while targeting our ‘zero defects’ goal. We shall conform to the requirements specified in ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949.

An American Manufacturer

When we say 'An American Manufacturer' we mean that all of our products are and always have been invented, designed, engineered and manufactured in our headquarters & factory located in Orchard Park, N.Y. However, in this age of globalization it is not always practical or possible for us to procure all needed materials and components domestically. Some components may come from our subsidiary in Germany/E.U. and some components may be sourced globally. While only a small percent of our products and/or packages contain foreign content, all packages are labeled accordingly.

Automotive Wheel Locks and Lug Nuts

McGard invented its unique one-piece wheel lock for the automotive aftermarket in 1966. It functions like an existing lug nut, but requires a special key (tool) for removal. Our wheel lock is easy to use, yet provides a high level of wheel & tire security. It's also adaptable enough to allow for an unlimited number of different computer designed lock & key patterns.

McGard employs the same innovative design and high quality standards used in the production of our wheel locks in the manufacture of chrome plated lug nuts. Our in-house plating technology and experienced personnel are second to none in the industry. These capabilities enable McGard to produce superior quality lug nuts that are strong, safe, durable and exceed typical corrosion resistance standards. They're so durable in fact that we guarantee them for life not to rust, chip, or peel!

Marine Security Products

McGard offers the most complete line of marine security fasteners in the industry. These products include:

  • Stern Drive Locks
  • Propeller Locks
  • Outboard Motor Locks
  • Trailer Wheel Locks and matching Lug Nuts

Machined from stainless steel and naval brass these products are built to withstand the demands of a harsh marine environment.

Original Equipment Automotive Wheel Locks

Since 1977 we've become a major supplier of wheel locks to automotive manufacturers in domestic and overseas markets, currently selling to over 30 automobile brand names. Our success with wheel lock technology has also led to the development of a variety of other security products for the automotive market including:

  • Air Bag Locks
  • Spare Tire Locks for Light-Duty Trucks, SUV's and Vans
  • Tailgate Locks for Pickup Trucks
  • Wheel Cover Locks
  • Winch Locks
  • Driving Light Locks
  • Air Cleaner Locks for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Original Equipment Automotive Air Bag Locks

Air bag theft is a major problem for vehicle owners, car dealers and fleets. McGard has developed a simple and inexpensive air bag lock to protect air bags from theft. Auto dealerships and fleets can simply replace two standard air bag mounting bolts with our locking bolts. The air bag lock requires the matching key (tool) to be removed. Simple and effective air bag theft protection.

Specialty Products to Help Prevent Unauthorized Usage, Tampering or Theft

In 1980, McGard established its Special Products Division to provide customized security products for non-automotive applications. The evolution of our unique Intimidator line of security products has since provided innovative security solutions for access/perimeter control and theft/removal prevention for municipalities, public utilities, the oil field industry, high security facilities, and electronics and telecommunications equipment.

  • Our current products include:
  • Fire Hydrant Locks
  • Manhole Cover Locks
  • Computer and Telecommunication Locks
  • Gas/Water/Electric Meter Locks
  • Oil Well Flange Locks
  • Storage Tank Plug Locks & Pipe Locks
  • Security fasteners for government & military installations, correctional facilities and other high tech security applications.

Environmental Policy

It is the policy of McGard to minimize, to the extent feasible, the environmental impacts of our activities, products and services. In our commitment to protecting and preserving the environment, we also intend to comply with all applicable Federal, State and local environmental regulations and other requirements which relate to our environmental aspects.

McGard plans to identify and implement controls and practices to continually improve our Environmental Management System through our objectives and targets. McGard seeks the help of all persons working for or on its behalf to achieve the program goals and commit to the prevention of pollution.

Through these facilities McGard makes security products available to our customers the world over, providing the best service and support possible. We are committed to providing our customers with security they can count on. 'Quality Products' are your best value.

McGard stands behind its entire line of products with the kind of guaranteed quality, service & sales support that makes the difference in today's competitive markets.

McGard Group Conflict Mineral Policy

We are taking steps to develop and implement a policy prohibiting use of tantalum, tin, gold, tungsten, or their derivatives, whose extraction or trade supports conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries, and/or contributes to inhuman treatment, including human trafficking, slavery, forced labor, child labor, torture and war crimes in the region.

Our efforts are not intended at altogether banning procurement of minerals from the DRC and adjoining countries, but to assure sourcing from responsible sources in the region.

We ask our suppliers to cooperate with us in our efforts to assure procurement of non-conflict minerals.

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 Disclosure Statement

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 requires certain manufacturers and retail sellers to provide disclosures with respect to efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in supply chains.  This statement is our disclosure.

McGard, LLC (“McGard”) believes that all workers, including those workers in our supply chain, should experience safe, fair, and non-discriminatory working conditions.  McGard endorses these principles and is pleased to support suppliers that share them.

In furtherance of these principles, our team continually strives to develop outstanding, long-term relationships with reputable suppliers.  We do not, nor do we engage a third party to, verify that our product supply chain addresses risk of human trafficking and slavery.  We do not, nor do we engage a third party to, audit our suppliers to evaluate their standards for human trafficking and slavery.

As a manufacturer headquartered in the United States, McGard actively supports and complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations with respect to working hours, conditions, and wages, and supports suppliers that do the same.   We do not currently require our direct suppliers to certify that materials incorporated into our products comply with the laws regarding slavery and human trafficking of the country or countries in which they are doing business.

McGard actively trains its employees and management on issues that are important to both its business and to the communities within which we operate.  We do not have explicit internal accountability standards and procedures for employees or contractors failing to meet company standards regarding slavery and trafficking, nor do we provide employees and management with training on human trafficking and slavery or the mitigation of such risks in our supply chain.

McGard's history begins with L.D. McCauley, Inc., which first began business in Buffalo in 1959, specializing in precision machining for government contracts to NASA and the military. In the early 1960's the owner and then President of L.D. McCauley, Inc., Mr. Lewis D. McCauley, designed and patented a security nut to prevent the theft of automobile rims and tires. The market demand grew, and distribution networks and dealers were established. L.D. McCauley, Inc. dropped out of the government contract marketplace and devoted it's efforts to the manufacture of Wheel Locks. A packaging and marketing facility was required, and in 1964 McGard, Inc. was formed. International patents were obtained in 1966 and McGard's market became international.

Through the late 1960's and early 1970's, product demand continued to grow. In 1977 McGard entered the Original Equipment Manufacturers market with a lock for Cadillac's stainless steel wire wheel covers. Ford Motor Corporation, General Motors, and Chrysler began purchasing Wheel Locks and installing them as options and standard equipment on various models with alloy wheels. In order to service the sharply increasing demand, McGard and L.D. McCauley, Inc. tripled in size. A formal Customer Service Department was established for key registration and replacement.

In 1980, McGard elected to broaden its' product line. 'Special Products Division', known as SPD was formed. SPD searches out new markets and product applications other than automotive and marine. The first market SPD became involved in was the Oil and Gas Industry. Locks to secure oil and gas storage tanks, meters and valuable high pressure valve assemblies known as 'Christmas Trees' are sold and serviced out of our offices in Houston and Oklahoma City.

McGard also entered the marine market in the early 1980's. Boat propellers, outboard motors, stern drive units and trailer wheels needed dependable theft protection. Presently these security locks are the most effective marine theft protection available. McGard marine locks and lug nuts are used by more O.E.M.'s than any other manufacturer.

In 1990, McGard moved into its newly constructed modern 185,000 square foot facility located in Orchard Park, New York. Shortly thereafter Durham McCauley took over as President and Peter McCauley as Executive Vice President. The need for more equipment resulted in the plant being further expanded in 2001, adding an additional 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Engineering, quality assurance, manufacturing, plating, set production and customer service are all housed in this world-class facility insuring the highest level of quality through every stage of production.

McGard's quality Wheel Locks are recognized by automobile companies and car owners worldwide. McGard GmbH, McGard's European facility located near Stuttgart, Germany, was opened in 1994. 1999 brought McGard into the Asian marketplace with the opening of McGard Japan located in Oomiya City. McGard Locks are sold the world over, not only to all the major car companies, but in the aftermarket as well.

SPD continues to develop new products and markets. Current standard products include locks to secure: manhole covers; fire hydrants; industrial and residential water and gas shut-offs; gas/electric/water meters; fixtures in prisons and cable television junction boxes. We also provide a variety of security solutions for the U.S. Postal Service.

McGard continues to receive awards for high quality from many of our customers. We are recognized in the automotive and mechanical security industry as having the highest quality products available. McGard is proud to be ISO/TS 16949 certified, which encompasses and exceeds the elements of the ISO 9000 and 9001 certifications McGard previously attained.