About Us

History

Code 3,® Inc. engineers, manufactures and markets a complete line of lighting and sound-based warning products used by professionals in emergency response, utility, service fleet, and industrial settings. Code 3® has been in business since 1974. Our primary goal is to design products that enhance customer safety, including law enforcement officers, firemen and EMT personnel, as well as all personnel in utility, DOT, and construction industries.

Code 3®'s headquarters (Manufacturing Video here) and plant are located in St. Louis, Missouri. We distribute our products to over 70 countries through a network of manufacturer's representatives and distributors serving the public safety, municipal and industrial markets.

Code 3® employs approximately 200 employees dedicated to finding solutions for the varying needs of our customers. Our team is focused on total customer satisfaction through outstanding personnel, innovative products, seamless customer service, and world-class quality (Testing Facility Videos here). This is exemplified in our ISO 9001 certification, our Lean Six Sigma processes and our history of product innovations, such as:

  • TriCore® technology provides the brightest lighting technology on the market (Defender®)
  • PriZm® II Dual Reflector technology provides a brighter signal for superior visibility and safety (RX 2700™ lightbar)
  • Siris™ LED technology: Structured Internal Reflector Illumination System. Available in single and multicolor—the latest LED technology available. Extremely bright LED technology available in the Solex™ lightbar.
  • Torus™ LED technology: Total Internal Reflection technology. Available in single and multicolor—extremely bright LED technology available in the 21TR Series of lightbars.
  • The first two-level lightbar (the MX7000®)
  • The first integrated directional lighting system (ArrowStik®)
  • LED X™ optical technology provides incredibly bright, high visibility signals when viewed either straight on or off angle

For US Patent Nos. click here.

 


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ECCO Safety Group (ESG)
Code 3® is a member of the ECCO Safety Group, whose headquarters is in Boise, Idaho.  ECCO Safety Group (ESG) operates on four continents with over 900 dedicated team members. It supplies amber warning beacons and lightbars to the commercial vehicle aftermarket sector along with reverse alarms to OEMs. It also offers red and blue emergency lighting, mirrors, switches, and signal and accessory lights through the brands mentioned below.

http://www.eccolink.com

Code 3®
Emergency Lighting and Sound-Based Systems are designed for installation on emergency response vehicles such as police cars, fire apparatus, ambulances, and wreckers. This full-line of lightbars, sirens, flashers, sirens, and speakers, includes such well-known products as Defender®, RX 2700CC, MX7000®, and ArrowStik®.

Premier Hazard
A leading producer and supplier of vehicle warning, hazard, sound systems, vehicle management systems and vehicle switching to the emergency and rescue, municipal, construction and recovery services. Quality Assurance is of paramount importance to us, and as such can boast to be the only UK hazard warning equipment manufacturer with a full suite of in-house test facilities that include photometric, vibration, water ingress, salt and fog regulations.

http://www.premierhazard.co.uk/

Britax PMG
Designs, manufactures and supplies a full range of commercial hazard warning products to global original equipment suppliers and aftermarket customers for agricultural, public utilities, construction, transportation, waste hauling and material handling applications. Products include an extensive range of mandatory and auxiliary lighting, amber hazard warning products and rear view mirrors for on and off highway vehicles.

http://www.britax-pmg.com/

Community Outreach is an area Code 3 is proud of.  Code 3 donates to the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Organization, BackStoppers, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots as well as many others organizations.  Our employees are also given time off to volunteer in local community outreach organizations.

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Code 3 is over 40 years strong providing the emergency, fire and warning markets innovative, world-leading products since 1974. Continue reading for Code 3's history of innovative accomplishments and industry firsts.


1974 Code 3 is founded by Public Safety Equipment (PSE) and the first lightbar to roll off its production line is the 2200 lightbar.


1976 Code 3 moves to a 5,000 square foot facility where the XL 5000 lightbar is born.


1983 Code 3 moves its manufacturing plant to a 30,000 square foot facility. Six times the size of the previous facility! Here, the LP 6000 lightbar is first introduced.


1988 The MX 7000 lightbar is introduced, a dual-deck lightbar with intersection lights.


1990 More than doubling its size, Code 3 moves into its current 69,000 square foot manufacturing facility with an additional 19,000 square feet of office space.


1991 PSE Amber is introduced, offering a full line of lighting products to the warning industry.


1992 President George Bush visits Code 3 on August 27 and addresses the employees on the shop floor. Follow this link to read his remarks: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=21384.


1996 PSE acquires Kustom Signals, headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas. Kustom Signals supplies speed enforcement, speed awareness and in-car video systems to law enforcement and public safety agencies.

The low-profile Excalibur lightbar is introduced.


1997 Lectric Lights, a Texas-based warning light manufacturing company, is acquired by PSE and its operations are relocated to St. Louis.


1998 Britax International plc, an automotive components manufacturer, acquires PSE.


1999 D-Tech is introduced, allowing two colored light signals to emit from a single source.


2001 LED X exterior lights and the 2100 lightbar is introduced, featuring an ultra low-profile design at only 2.1" high.


2003 Next generation LED products are launched, including the Javelin lightbar.


2004 Optix LED lights and SuperVisor interior lighting systems are introduced.


2005 Britax International changes its name to Seton House Group, a public company with three trading divisions: aircraft, childcare, and public safety.

WingMan rear deck stealth lighting is introduced.


2006 The XF2300 lightbar is introduced, featuring X-Fire intersection signal.

PSE acquires LaserCraft, a designer and supplier of laser-based detection, measurement and law enforcement systems, headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.


2007 The RX 2700 lightbar with PriZm reflector technology is introduced. XP 9500 and FM 9000 flush mount lightbars are introduced.

Stirling Square Capital Partners purchases PSE.


2008 Code 3 introduces its new LED PriZm perimeter lights, XT3 exterior/interior lights and LED Hide-a-Blasts.

The H2Covert Siren is also introduced, a remote siren system with hand-held controller.


2009 The Defender lightbar with TriCore technology is introduced, offering unparalleled straight and off-angle signals.

 


2011 Code 3 introduces th Z3 Siren: Easy to program, easy to install, easy to maintain, but most of all, easy for the officer to use.


2012 The Arch MultiColor beacon is released -- the brightest LED beacon on the market. It also multitasks as scene lighting.


2013 Code 3 introduces the Solex Lightbar with a modern, aerodynamic design and a second level for lighting, speakers, and other add-ons.


2014 PSE is acquired by ESG (ECCO Safety Group), the world's largest manufacturer of back-up alarms and amber warning lights.


2015 Defender TriCore is updated with QuadCore technology featuring advanced optics, new flash patterns, upgraded light design, and enhances heat dissipation. 


2016 Code 3 introduces the Pursuit Lightbar featuring the next generation of optics technology, two full levels of lighting in less than 3" of height, intuitive software for flash pattern generation, and powerful takedown lights. 

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