COMPANY HISTORY

A 100% employee owned company

PNEUMATIC • FILTRATION • ELECTRICAL • HYDRAULIC • LUBRICATION • WELDING

The History Of

J.H. Bennett & Company, Inc.

In 1958 Jack Henry Bennett, a salesman and the President of Racine Hydraulics of Michigan (RHM), founded what today is J.H. Bennett & Company, Inc. In the 1950s, distributors only sold one line of products and due to contractual obligations, RHM could only sell Racine Hydraulics.

Jack Bennett knew his customers deserved better and in 1958, he, along with 8 other salesmen broke the business norms of the time and founded J.F. Burgess Company. They sold hydraulic AND pneumatic products to better serve their customers.

The Founders'

Code of Ethics

 

Be Fair & Honest

Supply The Best Quality Products & Services

Develop positive long term relationships with customers

Create an employee focused environment

Train employees to become ‘aces’ in their roles

Continually enhance employee well being

Utilize new technologies and quality equipment

The Original Founders

 

Jack Henry Bennett

John Burgess

Dick Smith

Woody Resenthal

Harry Hallock

Mort Van Eberstein

Jack Fufley

Ken Roy

COME WORK WITH US

Novi, MI

Brecksville, OH

Grand Rapids, MI

Remote Sales

1958

J.F. Burgess Company changes their name to

J.H. Bennett & Company, Inc. during the official incorporation of the company.

1971

JHB moves out of their shared space with RHM due to increased business demand. Moved to Farmington Hills, MI.

1975

JHB establishes an ESOP opening up ownership to all employees. Since 1958, the original founders gradually sold off their shares to other employees.

1980

JHB moves to a new facility in Novi, MI due to increased business demand.

1981

JHB acquires Capwell Distriubtors of Ohio and forms Capwell-Bennett.

1986

Capwell-Bennett becomes J.H. Bennett & Company, Inc - Ohio

1991

JHB purchases an adjacent building to their Novi building due to increased business demands.

1994

JHB acquires W.C. Smith Co. in Grand Rapids, MI and forms Smith-Bennett. Later that year the name changes to J.H. Bennett & Company - Grand Rapids.

1997

JHB acquires Universal Sales in Indianaplois, IN to form J.H. Bennett & Company, Inc. - Indiana.

1997

JHB and Schaltz Fluid Power in Flint, MI form a joint venture company called ICOM1 LLC.

2000

ICOM1 sells 51% of the company to Phyllis Valdez of The Aldez Group, a minority enterprise, to capitalize on commodity management in the Flint, Bay City, and Saginaw area.

2000

JHB-Indiana is sold to B.W. Rogers, Inc. as their product lines more closely aligned to the Indiana Market.

2000

JHB becomes an S Corp, 100% ESOP company to better take care of the employee owners.

2001

JHB relocates to a new facility in Novi, MI due to increased business demand

2002

JHB acquires The Ursem Company in Cleveland, OH and relocates the company to JHB-Ohio

2006

JHB acquires Shaltz Fluid Power's 24.5% stock of ICOM1 to own 49% of the company.

JHBLogo_Official_white.png

J.H. Bennett &

Company, Inc.

Your Driving Force In Motion Control

Our Hours

Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm

Sat - Sun: Closed

Stay Connected

  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Brecksville, OH

10314 Brecksville Rd

Brecksville, OH 44141

Tel: 1-800-726-0117

Corporate Office

Novi, MI

22975 Venture Dr.

Novi, MI 48375

Tel: 1-800-837-5426

Grand Rapids, MI

2420 Oak Industrial Dr.

Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Tel: 1-800-616-0240

© 2020 by J.H. Bennett & Company, Inc. Proud 100% Employee Owned Company