Harsco Company History Timeline

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1853

Harsco’s rich history dates back to 1853, when a small group of entrepreneurs founded the Harrisburg Car Manufacturing Company.

1880

Patterson-Kelley had begun operating in 1880 as a producer of water heaters for commercial and industrial sites.

1890

In 1890, the Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bending Company rose from the former Harrisburg Car Manufacturing Company.

1905

1905 – Fairmont Railway Motors installs two-cycle engine on a railroad hand car.

Fairmont Railway Motors was founded in Fairmont, Minnesota in 1905.

1923

Electric Tamper and Equipment Company (Pandrol Jackson) was founded in 1923 by Corwill Jackson in Ludington, Michigan.

1934

1934 – Tamper Corporation is founded and becomes a leader in ballast undercutters, regulators, tie equipment, and utility vehicles.

1935

On February 27, 1935, the Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bending Company became the Harrisburg Steel Corporation, a change that better reflected its diverse portfolio of forged iron and steel products for industry.

1937

Incorporated as Jackson Vibrators in 1937, the company later acquired the O.F. Jordan Company and became Jackson Jordan.

1939

Heckett Engineering Co. had been founded in 1939 by a Dutch immigrant, Eric Heckett, who installed the first successful large-scale metallic recovery plant in the United States at Republic Steel's South Chicago plant.

1953

1953 – Fairmont Railway Motors finalizes prototype of first hydraulic spike puller/Jackson Jordan creates first multiple tamper.

1956

Harsco Corporation was formed in 1956 as the result of a merger between Harrisburg Steel Corporation, Heckett Engineering Inc., and Precision Castings Co.

About a decade after the 1956 merger that created the Harsco Corporation, the company embarked on a high level of acquisition activity.

Following a series of acquisitions, the company became Harsco Corporation in 1956, forming three divisions: Metals & Minerals, Rail, and Industrial.

1958

1958 – Tamper creates first completely automatic tamping workhead.

1976

Originally, Patterson-Kelley operations were part of the Taylor-Wharton Co. division, but in 1976 the Patterson-Kelley division was established.

1979

1979 – Harsco Corporation acquires Fairmont Railway Motors.

Fairmont Railway Motors was acquired by Harsco Corporation in 1979 and became a major supplier of tie replacement and spike driving equipment, rail grinders, and road/rail equipment.

1982

Continuing its acquisitions, in 1982 Harsco bought Astralloy-Vulcan Corp., a world leader in the supply and fabrication of high-strength and wear-resistant steels used in the mining, steel, and pulp and paper industries.

1983

In 1983 Harsco acquired Reed Materials Inc., which was the first company in the United States to convert utility coal slag into granules for asphalt roofing shingles.

1986

In 1986 Harsco acquired Easco Corp. and merged Easco's operations with IKG Industries Division.

1989

In 1989 Harsco acquired certain assets of Railway Maintenance Product Division and created Heckett Technology Services Inc. as a wholly owned subsidiary.

In 1989 the United States Army chose to purchase the M88A1E1 made by BMY-Combat Systems.

1990

1990 – Pandrol International Ltd. acquires Jackson Jordan.

Pandrol International Ltd., a subsidiary of Charter plc., acquired Jackson Jordan in 1990, along with Speno Rail Services and Dapco, and formed the Track Maintenance Division.

The Persian Gulf War of 1990 also helped to spur sales for "Big Foot," a five-ton truck whose tires partially deflate for sand travel.

In 1990 BMY-Combat Systems was awarded a contract to supply howitzers to South Korea.

In 1990 Harsco acquired Universal Granule Inc. and formed another wholly owned subsidiary, Heckett Yugoslavia Ltd.

1992

1992 – Harsco Corporation acquires Tamper, creating Fairmont Tamper

The devastating Hurricane Andrew in Florida and harsh weather conditions in the South in 1992 spurred demand for roofing granules, as many homes needed to be rebuilt.

The following year, Harsco sold its unprofitable CanTex division to a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp. and in 1992 sold its hydraulic tools product line to a subsidiary of Textron, Inc.

In 1992 Harsco announced that it was combining its defense business with FMC Corporation.

1993

In 1993 the company acquired a majority equity position in INFLEX, S.A., a manufacturer of steel cylinders for permanent and liquefied gases.

Also in 1993 Harsco bought the assets of Wayne Corp., a manufacturer of school buses.

1999

1999 – Harsco Corporation acquires Pandrol Jackson.

2002

The rail flaw detection division was sold to Sperry Rail Services in 2002.

2010

2010 – Harsco Rail successfully launches automated Drone surfacing vehicle which requires no operator.

2013

2013 – Harsco Rail launches COMPASS™, an industrial M2M asset awareness and industrial communications telematics system.

2015

2015 – Harsco Rail acquires Protran Technology, an industry leader in safety technology.

2015 – Harsco Rail acquires JK Rail, a provider of high wear maintenance-of-way equipment components.

2018

In 2018, Harsco acquired Altek, a U.K.-based supplier of aluminum products.

2019

In 2019, Clean Earth is expected to generate approximately $300 million of revenue and approximately $65 million of adjusted EBITDA.

In 2019, Harsco Metals & Minerals rebranded to Harsco Environmental, and acquired Clean Earth, a United States provider of environmentally sustainable solutions for specialty waste streams.

2020

In January of 2020, Harsco Corporation announced that it had completed the full divestiture of its Industrial division.

In April 2020, Harsco Corporation acquired the Environmental Solutions business (ESOL) from Stericycle, Inc.

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1853
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