The Aeroquip Company is a huge company which has had many acquisitions
Since 1940. We are only documenting select information, you can find much more
information by searching on the internet.
Aeroquip = Aeronautical + Equipment
1939 Peter F. Hurst, a German immigrant comes to America.
1940 Mr. Hurst’s first product was a reusable coupling for aircraft brake
hose. He convinces ten men in Jackson, MI to finance his endeavors, an abandoned
milk processing plant is purchased and the company begins.
1941 Mr. Hurst, who is not an American citizen, is not permitted by the government
to enter his own factory. He appoints a president in his absence, and he is considered
a consultant. He runs the company while he works for the Coca-Cola Company reconditioning
used metal bottle caps.
1943 Mr. Hurst is permitted to enter his factory. Aeroquip sells huge amounts
of product to the government to support the war effort.
1945 Peter F. Hurst becomes an American citizen.
**** After WWII Aeroquip sales drop 83%.
1947 Aero-Coupling Company of Burbank CA receives patent approval on a crimp
style hose coupling on Dec. 30 1947, patent #2,433,425.
1948 Aeroquip acquires Aero-Coupling, its first acquisition.
**** Aeroquip keeps Aero-Coupling a separate corporation. It appears
that both companies bid on government contracts even though they are the same company.