Feb. 21 2019 08:59 AM

The company turns 75 this year.

Franklin Electric Co. Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, has announced that 2019 is the company’s 75-year anniversary. Named after Benjamin Franklin, a pioneer in electrical engineering, E.J. (Ed) Schaefer and T.W. (Wayne) Kehoe founded the company in 1944 in Bluffton, Indiana. Since then, it’s grown from a small motor manufacturing company into a global provider of systems and components for moving water and fuel.

Franklin Electric developed the world’s first reliable submersible electric motor for water systems, which has remained a staple of the water well industry. The company continues to manufacture and distribute improved versions of that motor design all around the world, and has expanded into pumps, electronics and adjacent products.

“We would like to recognize and thank all of our employees, customers, partners, and investors that have played a role in helping shape Franklin Electric into the company it is today,” says Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gregg Sengstack. “As we reflect on our past during this milestone, we find ourselves even more focused on our vision of being an indispensable partner to our customers.”

Franklin Electric produces and markets systems and components for the movement of water and fuel. It serves customers around the world in residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, municipal and fueling applications.