Howard Safe started in Downtown Detroit on Gratiot St back in 1948. As a young man, Jack Bates, started working for Howard Safe. Eventually, decided to buy it after starting his own company Redford Safe & Lock. Howard Safe was then moved to Grand River Ave in Redford.
In 1996, Jack Bates sold his companies to his son Alan. Alan focused mainly on safes for the next 12 years. Now Redford Safe & Lock and Howard Safe run side by side on Grand River.