Humphrey History 1901-Today

1901 to 1920

  • Alfred Humphrey opens General Gas Light Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, marketing new, inverted arc gaslights.
  • Opens offices in San Francisco, New York, Havana, London, and Bremen. Soon, more than a million Humphrey arcs light homes, stores, factories and city streets.
  • Invents Radiantfire, a clean and odorless heating unit for fireplaces.

1940 to 1960

  • Manufactures equipment for military use during World War II.
  • Sells heating division of business to focus on pneumatics technologies.
  • Builds new manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo.

1960 to 1980

  • Forms strategic alliance with Koganei, a leading manufacturer of pneumatic products, to manufacture Humphrey valves in Japan.
  • Creates an increasingly sophisticated and ever-expanding line of valves to serve an array of industries.
  • Purchases Starz Cylinders.

1980 to 1990

  • Officially changes name to Humphrey Products.
  • Purchases South Haven Coil to manufacture electrical and electronic components.
  • Establishes Humphrey Fluid Power in Markham, Ontario to serve the Canadian provinces.

1990 to 2000

  • Launches DaVinci Engineering group, offering customized, engineered solutions to clients.
  • Introduces Humphrey “H-Series” product line with Koganei Corporation.
  • Introduces Humphrey, a 90-pound Golden Retriever, as company pet and mascot.
  • Purchases Concept Manufacturing in Plainwell, MI.
  • Obtains ISO 9001 certification.
  • Incorporates DaVinci engineering concept corporate-wide, offering all clients full-service, engineered solutions.

2000 to 2010

  • DaVinci Engineering is incorporated into Humphrey’s total business development approach which is known as Engineered Solutions.
  • All three manufacturing sites: Humphrey Products, South Haven Coil and Concept Manufacturing are registered under the same scope to the ISO9000:2000 Standard.
  • Concept Manufacturing becomes part of Humphrey and moves its production to the Humphrey location on Kilgore and Sprinkle Roads.
  • Obtains ISO 9001:2008 certification.
  • Obtains ISO 13485:2003 certification.

2010 to Today

  • Humphrey acquires the medical valve product line from Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
  • The Humphrey Cylinder is divested, and Humphrey becomes focused on innovative valves and valve systems.
  • South Haven Coil becomes part of Humphrey and moves its production to the Humphrey location at Kilgore and Sprinkle Roads.
  • Obtains ISO 9001:2015 certification.