Back in the 1980s, Richard Umbrell heard his father, owner of a prominent car wash chemical manufacturing company, complain about the quality of buffing pads. The pads simply fell apart too quickly. Richard's entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he began a quest to improve pad design. He started with the pads that were available at the time and committed early on to building a better pad. Buff and Shine Manufacturing was thus born in 1987.
One-by-one, pads were built and tested in the local region. Richard took the time to work with customers and end users to determine how to improve pads. A natural-born tinkerer, Richard built his own pad manufacturing equipment and improved and continues to improve that machinery to ensure that each machine yields only high-quality products.