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Gardner Denver, Inc. (NYSE:GDI) is a manufacturer based in Quincy, Illinois of reciprocating compressors, rotary compressors and vane compressors, liquid ring pumps and blowers for industrial and transportation needs, pumps that are used in petroleum and industrial fields, as well as fluid transfer equipment providing service to the petroleum industry, chemical industry, and food industry.


  • 1859 Gardner Denver was founded by Robert Gardner when his company introduced the first effective speed controls for steam engines. This innovation known as the fly ball governor helped pave the way to later producing other industrial products such as air compressors. The Company being known as the Gardner Governor Co. till 19 ? when it became Gardner Denver Inc.
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  • 1979, the Gardner-Denver Company was acquired by Cooper Industries, Inc. (“Cooper”) and operated as 10 unincorporated divisions.
  • 1985 two of these divisions, the Gardner-Denver Air Compressor Division and the Petroleum Equipment Division, were combined to form the Gardner-Denver Industrial Machinery Division.
  • 1987 Cooper acquired the Sutorbilt and DuroFlow blower product lines and the Joy Industrial Compressor product line, which were also consolidated into the Division.
  • December 31, 1993, the assets and liabilities of the Industrial Machinery Division were transferred by Cooper to the Gardner-Denver Company, which had been formed as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cooper.
  • April 15, 1994, the Gardner-Denver Company was spun-off as an independent company to the shareholders of Cooper.
  • January 1998, Gardner-Denver acquires Princeton, Illinois based Champion Pneumatic and

Fort Worth, Texas based Geological Equipment.

  • September 2001 acquires compressor manufacturer Hamworthy Belliss & Morcom in the UK from Powell Duffryn Group for £ 21 million.[1]
  • 2009 Gardner Denver, Inc. marked its sesquicentennial celebrating 150 years as a company.

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