Learn More About Dave Long Protective Products

Dave Long Protective Products is a family owned and operated business that was founded by Dave and Karen Long in 1970. Dave started the business in the basement of their home with a single sewing machine and a cutting table. He sewed by day and worked at his full-time job at night. Eventually, they moved to a building behind Deli-mart on Highway 1.

In 1988, Dave and Karen bought a farm outside of Iowa City intending to eventually relocate the business there. That idea became a reality in 1997. Dave and Karen built an industrial-size shop on their own land which afforded Dave Long Protective Products the space it needed to truly grow.

Dave retired in 2004, relinquishing the helm to his son Andy Long, employee Jeff Richardson, and niece Robin Michaelis under the watchful eye of Karen. Karen retired in 2008 and Robin took over her responsibilities as secretary and bookkeeper. Dave and Karen are still involved in the business as owners and consultants.

It's not unusual to find Dave back at work in the shop or sipping coffee at the break table. Sometimes he's the first to arrive in the morning, already with a pot of coffee ready to go! Retirement didn't mean "slow down" to Dave. He's always got a project in the works. Dave also continues to volunteer for many local organizations and charities. We love our community and are fully committed to helping others in it however we can. 

Over the past 40 years, Dave and Karen built an Iowa-wide reputation for providing top-quality products and exceptional service. Their company also has a reputation for doing business locally. Whenever possible, Dave Long Protective Products buys from US companies. We've also always made a point to keep the environment in mind. We take steps such as reconditioning awning frames and reusing fabric scraps for all sorts of things to produce as little waste as possible.

Today, Dave Long Protective Products continues to flourish under the management of Dave and Karen's son, Andy. If you have any questions about any of our products or services or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to contact us. FREE estimates are available.

Meet Our Staff

Dave Long is the founder and owner of Dave Long Protective Products, Inc. 
Andy Long
Karen Long is the founder and owner for Dave Long Protective Products, Inc. 
Andy Long

Andy Long is our head of sales, artwork, design, and fabrication, following in his father's footsteps and adding his own unique mark on the company. He's normally out in the field taking measurements, working on estimates, and meeting with our clients.
Andy Long
Jeff Richardson manufactures all of our awnings and assists with installations. He specializes in marine and specialty covers. If you're in need of a boat cover or specialty tarp, Jeff is your guy! Jeff has been with Dave Long Protective Products since 1981.
Jeff Richardson
Robin Michaelis takes care of the office. She responds to all customer inquiries and handles billing, advertising, and donation issues.
Robin Michaelis

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