Company History

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Take a journey into Ingersoll Rand history by selecting a year in our timeline:

1800  |  1900  |  1910  |  1920  |  1930  |  1940  |  1950
1960 1970 1980  |  1990 2000  |  2008

With a history dating back to 1871, Ingersoll Rand and its family of brands represents a proven history in construction and mining, industrial and commercial markets.

Through acquisitions, innovations and customer focus, today's Ingersoll Rand offers market-leading solutions and services that enable customers to create progress through a variety of industries and markets that touch everyday life.


1800

1871

  • Simon Ingersoll’s steam-powered rock drill is patented
  • Ingersoll Rock Drill Company is formed

1872

  • Rand & Waring Drill & Compressor Company is formed

1879

  • Rand & Waring changed to Rand Drill Company

1888

  • Ingersoll Rock Drill Company merges with Sergeant Drill Company to form Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company

1894

  • WR Grace named president of Ingersoll-Sergeant

1896

  • J. George Leyner invents the hammer drill

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1900

1902

  • Type X portable compressor line is introduced by Rand

1904

  • Panama Canal is started using Ingersoll-Sergeant drills

1905

  • Merger of Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company and Rand Drill Company to form Ingersoll-Rand Company.

1906

  • William Saunders becomes first president of Ingersoll-Rand

1907

  • Imperial Pneumatic Tool is acquired

1909

  • A.S. Cameron Steam Pump Works is acquired

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1910

1912

  • Jackhammer drill is invented (Tradename:  Jackhammer)

1912

  • J.G. Leyner Engineering Works Company is acquired

1913

  • William Saunders becomes Ingersoll-Rand’s first Chairman

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1920

1925

  • Develops first commercially successful diesel electric locomotive engine; first diesel electric locomotive sold to Central Railroad of New Jersey

1927

  • Provides jackhammer drills and air compressors for work on Mount Rushmore

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1930

1934

  • First air-powered Impactool introduced

1936

  • George Doubleday elected chairman

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1940

1942

  • The Company is recognized for its wartime contributions with the coveted Army-Navy “E” Award

1948

  • The Quarrymaster is introduced; known as the first modern self-contained, mobile, air-powered rock drill for large-diameter blast holes

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1950

1954

  • World’s first atomic-powered submarine is equipped with Ingersoll-Rand boiler-feed pumps and compressors

1955

  • Downhole drill is introduced

1955

  • Daniel C. Keefe elected chairman of the board

1959

  • Robert Johnson elected chairman

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1960

1967

  • William L. Wearly elected chairman

1968

  • The Torrington Company manufacturer of bearings and motion control products, is acquired

1968

  • Centac air compressor is introduced

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1970

1972

  • Company executive offices move from NYC to Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey

1974

  • Acquires Schlage Lock Company

1977

  • Builds the world’s fastest rescue drill for the South African Chamber of Mines

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1980

1980

  • Thomas A. Holmes elected chairman

1982

  • High speed centrifugal pump introduced

1986

  • Ingersoll-Rand and Dresser Industries form Dresser-Rand

1987

  • The Company re-enters China through joint venture with Xuanhua Pneumatic Machinery Limited

1988

  • Theodore H. Black becomes Chairman

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1990

  • The ARO Corporation is acquired

1993

  • James E. Perrella elected Chairman

1995

  • Acquires Clark Equipment Company, including Bobcat, Club Car and Blaw-Knox

1996

  • Steelcraft, manufacturer of steel doors and frames, is acquired

1996

  • Zimmerman International Corporation, manufacturer of ergonomic material handling systems, is acquired

1997

  • Acquires Newman Tonks, European producer of architectural hardware

1997

  • Thermo King, manufacturer of transport refrigeration equipment, is acquired

1999

  • Harrow Industries, is acquired, including Locknetics (electronic security products). Recognition Systems (biometric security).  Ives and Broadway (architectural hardware and bath fixtures.)

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2000

  • Herbert L. Henkel elected chairman

  • Acquires 100% ownership of Dresser-Rand

  • Hussmann, manufacturer of stationary refrigeration equipment, is acquired

  • Acquires Interflex, provider of time and attendance, scheduling and security systems

  • Superstav, Czech Republic-based manufacturer of compact equipment, is acquired

2001

  • Kryptonite Corporation manufacturing of portable security products, is acquired

2003

  • Completes sale of Torrington

2004

  • Completes sale of Drilling Solutions and Dresser-Rand

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2005

  • Acquires CISA, ITO and SuperRay

  • Acquires majority interest in Shenzhen Bocom System Engineering Co. Ltd., a China-based provider of Integrated Security Technologies and Services

  • Acquires Dolphin Electromagnetic Technologies, an India-based Provider of Integrated Security Technologies and Services

  • Acquires Astrum GmbH, a Leading Developer of Personnel Scheduling and Management Software and Services

  • Acquires United States Distribution Rights for Tramac Branded Hydraulic Breakers

  • Establishes a Joint Venture for the Manufacture and Distribution of Door Locks with Taiwan Fu Hsing Industrial Co.

2006

  • Celebrates 100 Years of Trading on the New York Stock Exchange

  • Acquires Geith International, an Ireland-based Equipment Attachments Manufacturer

  • Acquires the Global Low-Pressure Air Business of BOC Edwards

  • Acquires ZEKS Compressed Air Solutions, a Leading North American Provider of Compressed Air Treatment Technologies

2007

  • Acquires Remaining Interest of Instrum Rand

  • Sells its Road Development Business Unit for $1.3 Billion to AB Volvo

  • Signs an agreement to purchase privately owned Officine Meccaniche Industriali srl (OMI), a leading European provider of compressed-air treatment equipment

  • Sells its Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments Business Units for $4.9 Billion to Doosan Infracore

  • Announces definitive agreement to acquire Trane Inc. (formerly American Standard Companies) in a transaction valued at approximately $10.1 billion

2008

  • Completes acquisition of Trane Inc., a global leader in indoor climate control systems, services and solutions in a transaction valued at approximately $10.1 billion

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