Early on in the planning for our 100th Anniversary, our Media Partner, Pumps & Systems
magazine, approached us with the idea to create a yearbook to
commemorate this special occasion. The planning committee and staff
gladly accepted their offer and thus began a 6 month research project
into the history of the Hydraulic Institute as well as the history of
the pump industry. Much of the information included in the yearbook was
culled from the archival materials at the HI offices in Parsippany,
NJ. HI members contributed their own historical materials in the form
of photographs and stories. Sponsors provided the funding which allowed
us to proceed with the project and the completed yearbook will be
unveiled at the 2017 Annual Conference. All members will receive a
hardbound copy of this unique collector's item.
our anniversary year we will excerpt sections from the yearbook to
share the stories that have shaped our industry from its earliest
beginnings, more than 3,000 years ago, to the present day. Our interactive timeline was derived, in part, from the historical content in the yearbook. We hope you
will enjoy learning more about HI, our member companies, and our industry.
View a copy of the yearbook Table of Contents.
The Formation of the Hydraulic Institute
While the official beginning of the Hydraulic Institute is listed
as 1917, the history of the organization precedes that date, as groups of pump
industry professionals would gather in various ways to promote and improve their
industry. Early records show that on July 9, 1873, the Pump Manufacturer’s
Association of the United States met at Saratoga Springs at Congress Hall.
According to Noble Dean Jr. of Dean Brothers Pumps, in a 1974
letter to Lawrence Spence of Allis-Chalmers Industrial Pump Division, the
“antecedent of the present Institute was the Hydraulic Club formed on January
18, 1905.” Spence was the HI historian
in the mid-1970s, when he reached out to members asking for information about
the organization’s past. “Exhibit B is a copy of the minutes of the first
Hydraulic Society meeting, held the 18th and 19th of April 1917, in Chicago.
This document is interesting because of its candor and the expressed concern of
the Federal Government through the newly established F.T.C. (Federal Trade
Commission) in the organization of the industry for war,” Dean writes of an
attachment to his letter that included the minutes from that first meeting.
Those minutes recorded that “the members of the Hydraulic
Society present partook of a banquet in the parlors of the La Salle Hotel and
exchanged experiences in business as well as social matters to the edification
of all those present. The banquet was most pleasant as well as most profitable
meetings of this character that has ever been held.”
At that meeting in 1917, the first HI committees were created
by those present. The committees included the following: plan and scope,
commercial, technical, cost, membership, nominating and publicity. These early
committees established much of the structure that still guides today’s Institute.
Sixteen independent pump manufacturers were part of the
first HI meeting.
While they competed in the marketplace, they had assembled
that day largely to lend industry support to World War I production efforts and
to coordinate those efforts while following new governmental requirements.
At this meeting, the following companies were represented:
Advance Pump & Compressor, American Steam Pump, Blakeslee Manufacturing,
Buffalo Steam Pump, A.S. Cameron Steam Pump, Deming Pump, DeLaval Steam
Turbine, Epping Carpenter, Fairbanks Morse, Gardner Governor, Gould
Manufacturing, National Steam Pump, National Transit, Platt Iron Works,
Worthington Steam Pump and Wagener Steam Pump.
From the beginning, the group grew. A photo from a meeting
in 1921 (seen above) shows a gathering of 44 industry leaders, from companies
that included—in addition to the 16 founding businesses—Ingersoll Rand Company,
Alberger Pump, Dean Brothers Steam Pump Company, Lea Courtney Company, Dayton
Dowd Company and Midwest Pump & Engine Company.
Also counted in attendance were representatives from the
Hydraulic Society of New York.
Members of this event in 1921 met at Westinghouse Electric
& Manufacturing Company in South Philadelphia.
Thank you to our editor, publisher, and creative team!
Thank you to our sponsors!
A.W. Chesterton Company
Baldor Electric Company
Cascade Pump Company
Crane Pumps & Systems, Inc.
Dynamatic® Drive Source International Inc.
EagleBurgmann Mechanical Seals
Engineered Software, Inc.
Franklin Electric Company, Inc.
Inpro/Seal - a Business Unit of Waukesha Bearings
ITT - Industrial Process
Iwaki America Incorporated
John Crane Inc.
Leistritz Advanced Technologies Corp.
National Pump Company
Price Pump Company
Schneider Electric - Square D
SPP Pumps, Inc.
Sun-Star Electric, Inc.
The Gorman-Rupp Company
Wanner Engineering, Inc.
WEG Electric Corp.