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Since making their first 'shock eliminator' in 1926, Monroe has been a leader in automotive suspension development. By the 1950's, Monroe shocks were found on nearly all cars coming out of Detroit, and in 1953 the winning car in the Indianapolis 500 had Monroe shocks damping its suspension. With these early successes under its belt, Monroe continued to grow, opening a European manufacturing plant in Belgium in 1964. Through the 70's and 80's, Monroe kept expanding, moving into Austrailia and acquiring other suspension companies which allowed them to round out their suspension offerings. Today, Monroe continues to lead suspension design and technology, and in 2005 began offering brake kits to further expand their automotive parts.