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Board Sports & Apparel

Made in the U.S.A.

 

About MTG Industries

The company was founded in 2015 and was officially incorporated in 2016 as a Benefit Corporation by Maximilian Thomas Gaichas (MTG) -- a high school student at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, PA, and an avid skateboarder, longboarder, and snowboarder.

Back in the Autumn of 2015, Max was cutting his own longboard decks out of old pieces of plywood in his grandfather's basement woodshop.   After adding grip tape, trucks & wheels to his handmade longboard decks, he rode them, modified them, and kept making them better.  He had so much fun making and testing the decks, he decided to start a company and create his own brand of skateboards, longboards, and snowboards.

After realizing that he couldn't build everything himself, months of planning and research began, and US-based design and manufacturing partners were selected.   Then, he got-to-work planning his skateboard, longboard, and snowboard lines.  As of August 2017, the first skateboard series -- The WildLife Series -- was released, and is now available in skateshops in the Pittsburgh area, from our US Web Shop, and on Amazon.com.

Over the next few years, MTG Industries will continue to introduce longboard, snowboard, and apparel lines, along with some additional skateboard deck shapes & designs, and some other cool things, so stay tuned, and keep watching this space.

MTG Industries is guided by the following principles...

Sell the Best Products

MTG Industries skateboards, longboards, and snowboards will only be manufactured in the United States of America.  As long as there are manufacturing facilities in the US that make the best boards -- using the best materials and manufacturing techniques -- our boards will continue to be Made in the U.S.A.

MTG Industries skateboards, longboards, and snowboards will be the best quality products on the market.  You can trust that what you buy from MTG Industries will be made well and will perform well.

As an example, consider the quality of MTG Industries skateboard decks...

  • all of our skateboard deck shapes were designed by experienced skaters and industrial designers -- the decks are high-quality, have tried-and-true shapes & contours, and are built for great skateability

  • the graphics that adorn our decks are smart, clever, cheeky, stand-out-from-the-crowd, are designed by amazing artists, are printed very well, look great when you are out-and-about, and make great wall-art when the deck is worn-out

  • the decks are made from the best materials, using the best manufacturing techniques

    • only Great Lakes Hard Rock Maple is used to make our decks -- the wood choice makes the decks the right amount of stiff, flexible, and long-lasting

    • every deck is cold-pressed; the adhesive is allowed to fully cure, prior to being cut-for-shape, sanded, and drilled, by experienced craftspeople in Michigan and Maine -- this gives the decks great consistency (shape and quality wise, from one to the next) and a longer useful life

    • the decks are printed, finished, packaged, and warehoused on Long Island, in New York -- there's end-to-end quality control, by workers that really care about the quality of every single deck that they finish and ship

In a world where most board sports brands are in a 'race-to-the-bottom' -- offering mediocre products, at bargain-basement prices -- you can trust MTG Industries to sell the best quality boards at a fair price.

When people see you with your MTG Industries deck, they'll know that you're smart and skate only the best quality decks.

Be a Good Company

MTG Industries was founded as a Benefit Corporation.  That means that we are a for-profit company that is dedicated to doing good.

Most companies only care about lowering costs and increasing profits, usually at the expense of workers (by lowering their pay, or getting rid of them), or by cutting corners (by moving production outside of the US and using poor quality materials and shoddy manufacturing practices).  MTG Industries contractors are paid a fair, prevailing (or better) wage, and we only partner with US-based manufacturers, that pay fair wages, treat their workers well, and are governed by all of the health and safety regulations required of manufacturers within the United States.

MTG Industries operates as a low-impact business (very efficiently, with very little waste); prioritizes high product quality over low-low-prices; considers worker health, safety, and good wages, when choosing partners; and carefully considers the impacts (both positive and negative) of business decisions (consciously off-setting the negative impacts).

MTG Industries will seek full B-Corp Certification once we have been operational long enough to meet the required standards.

More information about Benefit Corporations and Certified B-Corps can be found by following the links below.

http://benefitcorp.net/

https://www.bcorporation.net/

Promote Board Sports to Everyone & Be Inclusive

Yes, board sports can be really dangerous.  However, riding a skateboard, longboard, or snowboard can also be one of the most wonderful experiences that you can have.

MTG Industries believes in inclusion and that board sports should be for everyone.  Nobody should ever feel like they don't fit-in, or that board sports aren't for them.  We want people that aren't traditionally interested in board sports to feel welcome and to have a great time skating or snowboarding.  There is no room for discrimination, sexism, or any kind of hateful or derogatory speech and imagery in our industry.  We are also an LGBTQ+ friendly company.

MTG Industries is the marquee sponsor of Skateburgh 2018 -- Western PA's most inclusive summer skateboard competition. 

In the months and years to come, we will be sponsoring even more events that will promote board sports for all.

Everyone is welcome -- get a board and get out there!

 

Make the World Better and Give Back to the Community

When you buy an MTG Industries branded product, you know that you are supporting the right kind of business -- one that does good, beyond the high quality, and great performance, of the products.

Every purchase of an MTG Industries branded product supports...

  • The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife & land preservation, clean waterways & healthy forests, and the preservation of Fallingwater -- Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of architecture

  • Global Wildlife Conservation -- a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting endangered species and habitats through science-based field action

We will give even more -- and add additional environmental, wildlife, and community-improvement organizations to the list of our supported non-profits -- as our business grows and becomes more successful.  If you know of an organization that might be a good fit -- for MTG Industries to support -- contact us and let us know.  (Keep in mind that we prioritize organizations that have a four-star rating on Charity Navigator.)

Reduce, Eliminate, or Off-Set the Negative Impacts of the Business

All businesses have an impact on people and the environment.  It's up to every individual business to analyze everything that they do, update practices and processes in order to reduce or eliminate negative impacts, and then track and measure the things that they have less control over, and off-set the negative impacts that they are responsible for (even indirectly, and by way of third-parties that they do business with).

MTG Industries considers, reduces, eliminates, and off-sets the impacts of the business in the following ways...

  • all MTG Industries brand products are Made in the U.S.A

    • we know what raw materials are used to make our products, so we can measure and off-set those impacts

    • labor, safety, and pay standards are required to be maintained, as laws govern the labor practices of US-based manufacturers

    • our manufacturing partners know that we are a Benefit Corporation and that we have to measure and off-set the impacts of what they do for us (which they cooperate with because they are ethically-run companies and trusted partners)

  • MTG Industries business operations are as small and minimal as they can be -- not only does that keep our operational costs (overhead) low, that greatly lessens the potential negative impacts our business operations can have

  • 100% of the electricity used for our business operations is generated by wind power (by way of Green Mountain Energy)

  • MTG Industries is working with NativeEnergy to off-set all of the impacts of every aspect of our business, including...

    • all of the impacts created by our business operations (including business travel, facilities-use, shipping, and waste disposal)

    • all of the impacts of third-party contractors (designers, lawyers, accountants, photographers/videographers, marketing communications and PR folks, etc.), for the work that they do directly for MTG Industries

    • all of the impacts of manufacturing MTG Industries products

    • any and all impacts of warehousing and shipping our products to shops and individuals

MTG Industries products are well made -- of the best materials and with the best processes -- so they last longer than the products made by lesser brands (that means that MTG Industries branded products create less waste just to begin with).  We are working on projects to preserve the value of our products at the end of their useful life (when your deck wears-out, for example).  These projects could include making art objects or other useful items out of worn-out products, or even coming up with ways to use the old products as raw-materials for new products (also known as up-cycling).  We'll provide updates as the projects progress.

If you have comments or suggestions on up-cycling projects for our branded products, please contact us and let us know.

Be Healthy & Have Fun

At the end of the day, life is not about staring at our phones and working ourselves to death.  A good life comes from achieving a balance between our responsibilities and the fun and healthy activities that we can choose to do.  MTG Industries is built to achieve a fantastic work-life balance -- we are a for-profit company, but we really want to enjoy the things that we do and take pride in the products that we create and sell.

So, finish what you need to do, and then get out and skate!

 
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Our Boards

The MTG Industries WildLife Series Skateboard Decks are available in stores, in our US Web Shop, & on Amazon.com.

Inspired by Nature.  Built for the Street and the Park.  Designed and Made in the U.S.A.

Every purchase supports Wildlife and Environmental Organizations.

We are working on our longboard and snowboard lines.  Keep checking back for updates.

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Products

Skateboard Decks

 

The WildLife Series

Inspired by Nature.  Built for the Street and the Park.  Designed and Made in the U.S.A.

Lynx Rufus 8.0" Skateboard Deck

Lynx Rufus - 8.0" Skateboard Deck

  • MTG Industries WildLife Series Skateboard Deck
  • Cold Pressed, 7-Ply, North American Hard Rock Maple
  • 8.o" Width
  • 31.93" Length
  • 6.93" Nose
  • 6.5" Tail
  • 14.25" Wheelbase
  • .44" Deep Concave
  • 21.6º Kick Angle
  • Stained Top (assorted colors) with Silver Foil Logo
  • Designed & Made in the U.S.A.
  • Purchasing this deck supports Wildlife and Environmental Organizations

Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen 8.25" Skateboard Deck

Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen - 8.25" Deck

  • MTG Industries WildLife Series Skateboard Deck
  • Cold Pressed, 7-Ply, North American Hard Rock Maple
  • 8.25" Width
  • 32.062" Length
  • 7.0" Nose
  • 6.36" Tail
  • 14.25" Wheelbase
  • .44" Deep Concave
  • 21.6º Kick Angle
  • Stained Top (assorted colors) with Silver Foil Logo
  • Designed & Made in the U.S.A.
  • Purchasing this deck supports Wildlife and Environmental Organizations

Ursus Americanus 8.5" Skateboard Deck

Ursus Americanus - 8.5" Skateboard Deck

  • MTG Industries WildLife Series Skateboard Deck
  • Cold Pressed, 7-Ply, North American Hard Rock Maple
  • 8.5" Width
  • 32" Length
  • 7.0" Nose
  • 6.62" Tail
  • 14.25" Wheelbase
  • .44" Deep Concave
  • 21.6º Kick Angle
  • Stained Top (assorted colors) with Silver Foil Logo
  • Designed & Made in the U.S.A.
  • Purchasing this deck supports Wildlife and Environmental Organizations
 
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Buy Our Boards

The WildLife Series Skateboards Decks are available at these shops...

Flatbar Skate Shop

502 Carothers Ave #1, Carnegie, PA 15106

(412) 200-2583

http://flatbarskateshop.com/

 

OneUp SkateShop

1923 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

(412) 432-7007

https://oneupskateshop.com/

 

Overcast Skateboard Shop

4116 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

(412) 701-4116

http://www.overcastskateboardshop.com/

 

Peak Ski and Snowboard

640 Center Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15239

(412) 793-6600

http://www.peakskiandboard.com/

 

Plank Eye Board Shop

11 Sheridan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202

(412) 499-3555

http://www.plankeyeboardshop.com/

 

SK814 Action Sports Park

2800 8th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602

(814) 889-9741

http://www.sk814park.com/

 

Switch & Signal Skate Park

7518 Dickson St, Swissvale, PA 15218

(412) 871-0023

https://www.facebook.com/switchandsignal/

 

Union Skate Supplies

547 3rd St, Beaver, PA 15009

(724) 371-0271

http://unionskatesupplies.bigcartel.com/

 

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MTG Industries

PO BOX 399

Gibsonia, PA 15044

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