In 1977, Dick Murphy founded Industrial Protection Products, Inc. an industrial safety distributor. IPP quickly became one of the most trusted and respected names in the safety business. IPP quickly expanded into the prescription safety eyewear business, pioneering the now famous “Vision Van” concept, involving mobile eyewear dispensation. The mobile service concept expanded within the business and, in 1989, IPP begain its Mobile Safety Footwear business. IPP is now New England’s largest safety footwear supplier.