Humphrey Products has more than a century of innovation and success under its belt, and looks for more in the future.
By Chris Petersen
Few things are as valuable in the world of manufacturing as dependability, and Michigan-based Humphrey Products is living proof. One of the Midwest’s leading producers of valves, cylinders, pneumatic accessories and engineered solutions, Humphrey has been in business for 115 years, and is in its fifth generation of family stewardship. According to President David Maurer, the more than a century of private family ownership and American craftsmanship demonstrate the strong commitment to quality and dependability that Humphrey brings to its customers, and make up a key element of the company’s success over the years.
Humphrey has been known for dependability from the very beginning, after Alfred Humphrey founded the General Gas Light Company in 1901 to sell arc gaslights. Thanks to the success of its initial products, the company grew into a global operation rapidly, and soon introduced a wide range of products used around the world in numerous applications. After World War II, the company sold off its heating division to concentrate its business on pneumatic products, and through product development and a series of strategic acquisitions, grew into one of the most sophisticated manufacturers of valves and other pneumatic products in the world.