1878: J.P. Tolman founds the J.P. Tolman Company in Massachusetts.
1884: The company's now-famous trademark depicting Samson slaying a lion is registered.
1888: Samson Cordage Works is incorporated in Massachusetts; creates first braided rope with a reinforced core.
1889: American Manufacturing Co. (AMCO) is founded.
1957: Samson develops the first synthetic double-braided rope–a major innovation for the rope industry.
1962: Since the Friendship Space program, Samson double braided ropes have been used to retrieve all NASA space
capsules launched to date.
1970: Samson installs new braider with a 21-inch circumference capacity specifically to produce ropes for the offshore
oil and commercial marine industries.
1972: Samson Nystron double-braid rope becomes the first synthetic fiber rope used to moor an oil tanker to a loading
buoy in the North Sea.
1977: The first flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle uses lightweight, high-strength Samson ropes to operate the shuttle’s
cargo bay doors.
1980s: Samson continues to pioneer new technologies, introducing the first High Modulus Polyethylene (HMPE) ropes,
with strengths 3 to 4 times that of conventional nylon and polyester fiber.
1981: Round Plait construction is introduced as RP-12 and the Tuck splice is developed with the help of tug crews
using the rope in the Panama Canal.
1988: Samson headquarters moves from Shirley, Massachusetts, to Ferndale, Washington.
1992: AMCO perfects the co-extrusion process and produces a fiber that is 30 percent stronger and three times more
abrasion-resistant than standard polypropylene.
1993: Samson Ocean Systems, Herzog Rope, and AMCO merge to form The American Group; establishing itself as
the worldwide leader in high-performance rope.
1996: Samson’s AmSteel®-Blue is developed to take full advantage of the benefits of 100 percent Dyneema®, and
quickly becomes the most trusted steel wire rope replacement on the market.
1997: Samson’s plants in Ferndale, Washington, and Lafayette, Louisiana, are certified to ISO 9001 standards.
2001: The company returns to its roots and is renamed Samson Rope Technologies, with its headquarters in
2003: A new proprietary fiber technology–DPX™–is developed and incorporates high strength Dyneema® fiber with
spun polyester to provide a higher coefficient of friction for better grip.
2006: DPX™ technology is patented. Quantum-8, Quantum-12 and DPX®-75 are offered for applications that require
grip in deck hardware.
2009: MLX is the first rope incorporating Innegra™-S to be introduced by Samson.
2010: Saturn-12, made from 100% Dyneema® with a unique proprietary coating to reduce internal abrasion and
increase the rope’s residual strength by 15 to 20 percent, is developed for the tug industry.