LaBarge Products, Inc. was founded by Charles L. LaBarge and was originally based in
St. Louis, Missouri. LaBarge Products, Inc. began as an industrial rubber products
distributor in 1973 and was incorporated in 1979.
In the 1980s, LaBarge Products, Inc. was a contract
manufacturer of component parts for automotive, healthcare,
industrial, process and food industries and began government
contracting as a simple supply-type contractor.
Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm - 1990
In just under 160 days LaBarge Products, Inc. started and
completed over 66 prime contracts with the U.S. Department of
Defense. During this effort LaBarge shipped over 508,000 lbs. of
material in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Over 315,000 lbs. were shipped via airlift directly to Saudi
By 2003, LaBarge Products, Inc. evolved into a prime
contractor for military systems, such as:
Forward Area Refueling Equipment Systems (FARE)
Forward Area Water Point Supply Systems (FAWPSS)
Fuel System Supply Point, 60,000 gallon (FSSP)
Modified Single Groove Snap-Joint Coupling for the Inland Petroleum Distribution System (IPDS)
Assault Pipeline Hydraulic Power System - White Sands MR (HPS)
Air Transportable Hospital Water Distribution System (ATH-WDS)
NBC Washdown System (SANATOR)
Active Avionics Cooler - Space Station
Hose Reel System (HRS)
Assault Hoseline System (AHS)
Portable Latrine Station (Trailer Mounted)
C-17 Engine Maintenance Platform
Currently, our shop carries AWS Certificates for D1.1, D1.2,
and ABS. We are also certified by the DOT.
LaBarge Products is a multifaceted company consisting of two
First, a prime contractor to the United States military for
components for fuel and water systems; second, a contract
manufacturer with a diversity ranging from wood crates to
electrical component subassemblies.
LaBarge Products manufactures the Hose Reel System used by
the United States Marine Corps to transport, store, lay and
retrieve 6-inch lightweight lay flat, collapsible
hose. A HRS consists of 5 miles of lightweight fuel hose. The HRS is capable of laying hose
at variable speeds. The HRS was instrumental in Operation Iraqi
The Assault Hoseline System (AHS) is a cross-country, bulk
fuel distribution system consisting of 2.5 miles of 4-inch
collapsible hose with 350 (GPM)
multi-fuel engine driven, trailer mounted, pressure regulated, pumping assembly used to move
fuel through the system. The system includes a mechanical means
of deploying and recovering the hose and has the capability to
traverse all types of terrain.
In February of 2013 W.H. Smith Company, a manufacturer and supplier of high quality hose assemblies and systems as well as load securing and material handling products for the US Department of Defense and the commercial marketplace, completed the acquisition of certain intellectual property from LaBarge Products, Inc.
Under the terms of the acquisition W.H. Smith is acquired certain proprietary drawings, tooling and related fixtures required for manufacturing the critical systems and components.
Some of the systems acquired include:
Marine Corps Hose Reel System (HRS)
Army Assault Hoseline System (AHS)
Rapidly Installed Fuel Transfer System (RIFTS)
350 GPM trailer mounted pump system
600 GPM trailer mounted pump system
Army Combat Ballistic Shield (CBS) Kits
Army Flatracks (Forward Repair Station)
Camel (800 gallon water trailer)
463L Cargo Pallets
Additionally, W.H. Smith acquired the use of the LaBarge Products trade name, phone and fax numbers and domain site www.labargepro.com. LaBarge Products has been established as a division under W.H. Smith.