Garrett Metal Detectors as seen on TV Show Made in America

by Daniel Bernzweig

Everyone at Detector Electronics is excited to inform our visitors that Garrett Metal Detectors has been featured in an episode of the "Made In America" TV show. Be sure to tune in to the Discovery Networks Travel Channel to see this in-depth look at the history and quality manufacturing techniques implemented at Garrett Metal Detectors. Below is a press release from Garrett Metal Detectors detailing the upcoming episode. If you have any questions about the Garrett Metal Detectors that you see on the Made In America TV segment, be sure to contact us at 800-446-0244 or 508-460-6244. In this episode of John Ratzenberger's Made in America: Hawaiian Tropic - John Ratzenberger works on his tan at the Hawaiian Tropic factory in Ormond Beach, Florida, he finds some buried treasure at Garrett Metal Detectors in Garland, Texas, and he rides around on a Ferris wheel to tell the story of the Eli Bridge Company.

Garrett Metal Detectors Featured on Discovery Networks Travel Channel

Garrett Metal Detectors was profiled by John Ratzenberger for his hit TV series, Made in America, which airs on the Discovery network's Travel Channel. Mr. Ratzenberger chose to feature Garrett Metal Detectors based on the Company's economic impact on the community, its unique nature of business, and its contribution to U.S. culture as an American-made product. Garrett Metal Detectors manufactures ground search, walk-through, and hand-held metal detection products and provides training for security applications worldwide.

"It's an honor that Mr. Ratzenberger considered Garrett Metal Detectors for his TV series, Made in America," noted Vaughan Garrett, VP and Director of Marketing Communications for Garrett Metal Detectors. "My father began building his first metal detectors in our garage in Garland, Texas. And though we've grown into an international company over the past 40 years with worldwide partners, we're proud to keep all our engineering and business practices at home in the U.S. It's exciting to look back at the growth we've enjoyed over the past 40 years and know that we can support the local economy and provide jobs for local businesses, vendors and area residents."

Mr. Ratzenberger produces Made in America to honor the men and women who work with their hands and skillfully make the products that are the backbone of the American economy. Each year the program visits roughly 40 manufacturing facilities throughout the country. Additional information about companies profiled by John Ratzenberger on Made in America can be found by logging on to

"Mr. Ratzenberger and his crew filmed the show on location at our corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Garland," added Garrett. "Mr. Ratzenberger interviewed my father, Charles Garrett, during the shoot and listened to him reminisce about his exciting trips around the world in search of lost and hidden treasure. Mr. Ratzenberger also learned more about our walk-through and hand-held metal detectors that are utilized in airports and public venues such as the Olympic Games, as well as tried his hand at treasure hunting with Garrett's new ACE metal detector."

Where Are Garrett Metal Detectors Made?

Garrett Metal Detectors was founded in 1964 by Charles and Eleanor Garrett in Garland, Texas, from their garage. Since then, their small-budget gamble has blossomed into a worldwide success story.

Garrett Metal Detectors has a long history of manufacturing all of its metal detecting products in the United States and maintains its only production facility in Garland, Texas.

Offering an array of products like the security metal detector lineup, including walk-through metal detector products, waterproof gold prospecting detectors, and more, Garrett Detectors are made with only the highest quality materials. All of their products are subjected to a series of tests before they ever leave the factory.

Some of the best metal detector models from Garrett include:

  • Garrett AT Pro Waterproof Metal Detector
  • Garrett AT Gold Waterproof Metal Detector
  • Garrett Ace Apex
  • Garrett ATX Waterproof Metal Detector
  • Garrett AT Max Waterproof Metal Detector
  • Garrett GTI 2500
  • Garrett PD 6500i Walkthrough Detector
  • Garrett Ace

Garrett detector products are known worldwide in countries like South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, and more for their quality, durability, and performance. Garrett detectors have a great team of employees with years of experience in the metal detecting industry and take great pride in all products that leave the Garland facility.

Gold prospecting requires careful consideration of equipment, unlike treasure hunting for coins, jewelry, or relics. Several Garrett models are specifically designed for finding gold nuggets or flakes, including the Garrett Axiom, Garrett AT Gold, Garrett ATX, and the popular Garrett GMT 24k.
In the Garrett line-up, Garrett Ace detectors are the most popular beginner's models! Millions of these devices have been sold, and they are easy to use, durable, and cost-effective. Beginners of all ages will benefit from a simple design.  
Garrett Ace 200, Garrett Ace 300, and Garrett Ace 400 are recent Garrett Ace models that have advanced features such as Digital Target ID, a larger search coil, better iron resolution, improved audio, and cam locks on the stem for better accuracy. These models are not specifically designed to find gold nuggets, but they will all find jewelry and larger nuggets.

Some of the most prominent competitors for Garrett include:

  • Fisher Labs
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Nokta Makro

How Garrett Metal Detectors Work

Garrett electronics are top of the line in the metal detecting industry. The first step is to choose what kind of detector suits your individual needs best. Metal detectors can range widely in price and performance, so it's important to make sure you know what you need before making a purchase.

Garrett offers special programs for treasure hunters, security personnel, and military personnel. To support the treasure hunting community, they publish online training videos and a commitment to new product development. Security and law enforcement professionals offer the Garrett academy for online and in-person training on their security products. For active and retired military, they offer a military discount program. Recently they acquired the whites trademarks and have begun production of the Garrett Goldmaster 24K.

A gold metal detector can be used for treasure hunting and relic hunting but is designed specifically for high sensitivity to gold. They offer ground balance capabilities to filter out the minerals in the ground. They operate at a higher frequency than traditional VLF detectors for coin hunting, so if you're planning on searching for gold nuggets or jewelry, you'll need a specialized detector.

Most hobby metal detectors can detect multiple metal objects like jewelry, coins, and even relics. They offer features like:

  • Target ID - classifies targets by conductivity
  • Discrimination - filters out unwanted metals
  • Depth Readout - shows how deep an object is buried
  • Digital Target ID - gives a numeric representation of targets
  • Iron Audio - allows users to hear discriminated iron and to alter the mid-tone signal range
  • All-Metal Mode - eliminates discrimination for searching all types of meta
  • Specialized coils and coil cover offerings

Choosing the metal detection equipment that is best for every treasure hunter can be a daunting task, but with Garrett Metal Detectors, you're sure to find the perfect fit. With a wide variety of products and a commitment to quality, Garrett is the obvious choice for all your metal detecting needs.

Metal detector reviews can be found online to help you make an informed decision about which model is right for you. When you're ready to buy, search product reviews and specifications to find the perfect Garrett Metal Detector for your next adventure. 

About John Ratzenberger

Master improvisational actor John Ratzenberger gained international fame in the hit television series "Cheers." During more than three decades of movie making and theatre, John has enjoyed success as a screenwriter, director, producer, and multi-Emmy-nominated actor. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist. John serves as host and executive producer of Made in America and is the only actor to appear in every Pixar film.

About Made in America

Made in America premiered in 2004 and is now in its third season. The program showcases three companies weekly, airing Tuesdays at 9:00 PM on the Discovery network's Travel Channel.

About Garrett Metal Detectors

Garrett Metal Detectors is the global leader in the research, development, and manufacture of hobby and security-related metal detection products and accessories. Garrett is International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001:2000 certified.

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