President and Founder, Brian James, one of six, started his first business at the age of ten. As a child, Brian lived in an area where he could get scrap pieces of metal, which he turned into pot holders. Because welding was involved - a potential danger - Brian had to make sure his work area was safe. It was at this young age that safety became important to him.
Jump forward 35 years - and Brian saw an opportunity to save lives with an early version of an automatic gas safety valve. This valve was called an 'excess flow valve'. It was a simple device that shuts the gas off when a gas line breaks, like in an earthquake. After spending a year trying to figure out what to do with this valve, he met someone that said, “Stop working on the business side of it, try to save as many lives as you can”.
Eventually, that advice became the driving point for MBS. Within a few years MBS had installed over 100,000 automatic gas shut-off valves on homes, commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, and colleges. And with every installation we know that when we have the next big one, those properties will be safe.
The focus for MBS is safety, prevention, and the protection of human life. At MBS Engineering, we consider every service we provide, or technology we deploy, to be a life we have protected.