Eaton's Bussmann business turns 100 this year. It can be traced to Bussmann's very early beginnings in the basement of a small house in St. Louis back in 1914. There, the five Bussmann brothers created what was then Bussmann Manufacturing. The non-renewable cartridge fuse became Bussmann's first product, launching a success story that has endured for a century.
As a part of its anniversary celebration, Eaton has created an onsite history museum in Ellisville, Missouri, at the division's headquarters. The historical timeline creates a comprehensive snapshot of the division's milestones and features 10 decades of products, photos and advertisements. The museum also provides historical perspective on how Bussmann evolved from a small family business to an important division within a global company in the power management industry. A microsite enables people to upload and share their own stories or artifacts from Bussmann's history.
"Eaton's Bussmann business has a proud heritage as an industry leader in critical circuit protection, power management and electrical safety, serving customers in industries as diverse as data centers and food and beverages," said Peter Lugo, vice president and general manager, Eaton Bussmann Division. "As we mark an important anniversary and acknowledge our progress to date, our eyes are always on the future. Our latest innovations give a nod to the growing mandates for decreasing energy consumption and enhancing safety."
Eaton's Bussmann business will conclude its centennial celebration on Oct. 10, 2014, which is when employees will plant 100 trees in the St. Louis County Queeny Park in honor of the next 100 years.