Home » Three Manufacturers Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries
German pump manufacturer
WILO AG has been in business 135 years; power tool manufacturer Vermont
American was founded 60 years ago; and Fluidmaster, manufacturer of toilet
repair parts, is now 50 years old.
A worldwide manufacturer of pumps and pump systems for heating,
air-conditioning and cooling systems, water supply, sewage disposal and
purification, WILO AG is based in Dortmund, Germany. It was founded by Louis
Opländer in 1872 as a factory for copper and brass goods and expanded into the
heating and sanitary areas in 1920. Today the company has facilities in more
than 50 countries and employs nearly 6,000 people worldwide. Pictured:
Electronics production was established at the Dortmund headquarters in 2001.
Since then, the electronic components for all Wilo pump works (Dortmund, Oschersleben,
Aubigny/France, Gimhae/South Korea) and all brands (Wilo, Salmson, EMB) are
Founded by Lee B. Thomas Sr. in 1947 as a business with one customer
(Sears Roebuck & Co.), one product (a circular saw blade), and one plant,
Vermont American was initially called American Saw and Tool. Today the company
is known for its power tools accessories, including bits and blades, designed
for both professional tradesmen and do-it-yourselfers. It was purchased by the
Robert Bosch Tool Corp. in 2000. This year the company updated its
merchandising racks, plan-o-grams and retailing guides. Also, it now offers a
new line of packaging in a brighter red color that prominently displays key
selling benefits, uses application icons to make product selection easier and
features trilingual text.
Gary Harris (L) and Robert AndersonSchoepe.
Founder Adolf Schoepe launched Fluidmaster’s pilot fill valve technology
in 1957 to provide more efficient and reliable toilet technology that worked
with, rather than against, water pressure. The company celebrated its 50th
anniversary with an event at its headquarters in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Oct. 5 that drew 500
attendees, including employees, customers, partners, vendors and area
dignitaries. Visitors were invited
to walk through the new Adolf Schoepe museum and tour the company’s plant. Gary
Harris, vice president of sales, served as master of ceremonies and Robert
AndersonSchoepe, president and chairman (and son of the founder), was a
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