From our hearts to our heads to our hands,
we dare to make better
From our hearts to our heads to our hands, we dare to make better
Tuthill has a long history of manufacturing – over 130 years! Our business began as we made bricks that became Chicago’s foundation. Innovation eventually drove us to begin manufacturing rotating equipment that would serve other foundations – human life. This has been the core of our existence and what drives Tuthill to diversify and better serve the needs of the world. The extensive list of technology manufactured over our history has powered industries including aerospace & defense, commercial aviation, agriculture, food & beverage, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, oil & gas, construction, medical, and mining.
Here is how it started. Our journey began in 1892 when James B. Tuthill started a business to manufacture and sell common brick to Chicago construction companies who were fueling the city's rapid expansion. While searching for an efficient way to lift clay from the bottom of the quarry and deliver it to the kilns where it would become brick, Tuthill came upon its first successful innovation in the pump industry. The product was a small internal gear pump that injected oil directly into the burner of a truck-mounted boiler. This pump eventually became the foundation of Tuthill Pump Company, a separate entity created in 1927.
In 1961 Tuthill purchased Ossian Engineering Company and the business was later known as Tuthill Transfer Systems. In 1977 Tuthill Pump Company reorganized to reflect its more diverse business and became Tuthill Corporation. Having entered the pneumatic blower business in 1988 with the acquisition of M-D Pneumatics, Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems was formed in 1996 by combining M-D with the newly acquired Kinney Vacuum Company.
In 2020 Tuthill embarked on the next chapter of our journey, transforming the company to thrive in high tech applications and products that help protect our country. We re-focused our portfolio for the future, divesting the legacy pumps and blower technology divisions. Today, we are moving forward with our journey in making real things that really make a difference with the purchase of EaglePicher Technologies.
Where It All Began
James B. Tuthill creates Tuthill Building Material Company
Inspiring the Design of Internal Gear Pumps
Tuthill Pump Company organizes as separate entity
Gray B. Tuthill becomes president
James G. Tuthill becomes president
Tuthill establishes footprint in Europe
Company reorganizes and becomes Tuthill Corporation
Tuthill establishes footprint in Australia
Tuthill establishes footprint in South America
Jay Tuthill becomes CEO
Lean journey begins – Toyota Product System
Tuthill establishes footprint in Asia
Adoption of Vision, Mission, Values, Brand statements
Process-based orientation formalized – Business Awareness Matrix (BAM)
Divestitures sharpen focus on rotating equipment
Jay Tuthill becomes chairman
Tuthill reorganizes to create corporate functional structure
Steve Westfall becomes CEO
New Strategic Direction is set forth for Tuthill Corporation