Resilite has been manufacturing quality athletic mats since 1959, having grown from its start as a wrestling mat producer to its standing today as the leading manufacturer of protective mats & padding for wrestling, gymnastics, cheerleading, pre-school, tumbling, martial arts, and more. Our reputation for customer satisfaction and first-class workmanship has made Resilite the world's largest mat manufacturer.
Prior to the 1950s, wrestling mats were frightful: they consisted of a smashed-down pile of horsehair, crammed into a canvas cover. Mats were hard to keep clean and mat burns were not only common but wrestlers also had the constant threat of infection.
That all changed in 1959, when Warren Tischler started a mat company in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. He perfected a new type of wrestling mat manufactured with PVC rubber nitrile foam covered with a PVC vinyl painted surface. This new type of wrestling mat was more resilient, lighter, and safer than the old canvas mats. To prove his mat had better shock absorption, he would drop an egg onto the surface of the mat from as high as a second story building and the egg wouldn't break! Schools soon realized that Resilite mats were safe to use and extremely durable. Thus, the sport of wrestling began to expand to more schools across the United States.
In 1963, Resilite completed a move from a small rented garage to a new 45,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. Since then, Resilite has expanded several more times and has increased the size of its manufacturing facility to nearly 100,000 square feet.
In 1972, Resilite added gymnastic folding and landing mats to its product line of athletic mats. Resilite now manufactures mats for preschool, cheerleading, weightlifting, aerobics and martial arts. We continue to develop innovative products to fill the needs of the athletic community.
Resilite’s tremendous success would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of its sales representatives and employees. Many of these people have been with the company for nearly 40 years with one ambition: to produce world-class, state-of-the-art athletic mats for the athletes who use them.
One of the reasons Resilite is a vibrant and innovative company today is the strong foundation that was laid by the leadership of our founder, Warren F. Tischler. Warren was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrestled all through Prep School and college and won several YMCA Division Wrestling Titles. After serving in the Army during WWII, he returned to wrestling and won the Middle Atlantic AAU Title for his weight class.
During his wrestling career, Warren experienced the difficulties of wrestling on the old-style horsehair felt wrestling mats. He required several knee surgeries from injuries and infections sustained on those mats, and it was these experiences that ultimately inspired his future work. Warren loved wrestling, and it was this love that led him to develop a new type of wrestling mat that would make the sport of wrestling safer and more enjoyable for future generations.
After an early successful career in the hotel and restaurant industry, Warren began selling athletic mats and equipment—and began work on his own wrestling mat. From humble origins in a used car garage in Sunbury, PA, Warren founded Resilite Sport Products, Inc., and proceeded to develop the insular foam mat that is the standard in use in the world today. His method of dropping raw eggs from two-story buildings onto Resilite mats to prove their shock absorbency made him a sales legend! His honesty, integrity and sense of fairness as he continued his passion for wrestling product excellence remain strongly held values of the company he founded to this very day.
Warren was formally recognized for his contributions to wrestling and the development of the wrestling mat when he received the Order of Merit from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1987. His hard work, perseverance and love of wrestling propelled Resilite to achieve recognition as the world’s largest manufacturer of wrestling mats and wall padding.
Warren married his soul-mate Jean Louise Billings in 1947. They were married for 56 years, and they leave a legacy of 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Jean served as the secretary of Resilite and was instrumental in establishing lasting relationships with Resilite employees, customers and dealers at wrestling functions and in their homes.
Resilite remains a family-owned business to this day.