MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF BELOIT CORPORATION 

1858 Orson E. Merrill opens his shop in Beloit, Wisconsin.

1859 Orson Merrill and George Houston form the Merrill & Houston Iron Works.

1860 Merrill & Houston make their first paper machine parts.

1862 Merrill & Houston make their first complete paper machine.

1882 Ownership changed several times during the last 20 years. In 1882, even while building 14 paper machines,  Merrill & Houston went into receivership.

1883 Merrill & Houston builds 8 paper machines.

1884 Merrill & Houston builds 5 paper machines.

1885 J. D. Rexford of Janesville, Wisconsin offers a successful bid of $ 20,000 for the assets of Merrill & Houston Iron works.

Four ex employees of Merrill and Houston combine to form a new company. They name the new company Beloit Iron Works. The new company has 10 employees and 4 working officers.

1886 Beloit Iron Works work force increases to 48 persons.

1889 Beloit Iron Works work force increases to 100 persons. Fred Messer, the president dies. Alonzo Aldrich succeeds him as president.

1891 Beloit Iron Works makes the first Yankee machine ever built in the United States.

1893 Beloit iron Works builds 106" wide paper machine that operates 275 FPM at the 1993 Colombian Exposition.

1896 Beloit Iron Works builds a new foundry, machine shops and offices on the west side of Rock River near the original site of the Merrill plant.

1897 Shipped first off shore paper machine to Japan.

1900 Shipped two paper machines to China.

1900 Beloit builds cylinder machine to operate at 75 FPM and fourdrinier machines operating 400 to 500 FPM.

1910 Beliot builds a cylinder machine to operate 300 FPM and  fourdrinier machines to operate at 600 FPM.

1916 Elbert H. Neese joins the company.

1919 Beloit builds the first fourdrinier machine to run faster than 1000 FPM (305 M/M)

1927 Beloit builds first YANKEE tissue machine to run over 1500 fpm (455 m/m).

1930 Work force now reaches 550. Machine widths approached 160"

1931 Alonzo Aldrich dies. Elbert Neese, Sr. becomes President of Beloit Iron Works.

1931Due to the great depression and slump in business the work force is reduced to 180.

1937 With improvement in business the work force steadily increases to 600 people.

1941 Beloit Iron Works starts production of war material.

1942 Almost all of Beloit Iron Works production is devoted to the war effort making turning lathes, boring machines, powder mills and corvette engines. Beloit Iron Works is awarded the Army-Navy "E" for excellence and receives three additional awards in later years.

1946 Post war work force increases to approximately 1,000 people.

1947 Beloit tissue machine operates at 2800 FPM, board machine operates over 500 FPM. Work force reaches 1,300 employees.

1948 Work force increases to 1,450 employees.

1949 Beloit Iron Works opens a sales office in Paris, France.

1950 Beloit manufactures first tissue machine to achieve 3000 FPM (915 M/M). Adds the differential drive to the product line.

1952 Elbert Neese, Sr. becomes chairman and Harry C. Moore becomes president. Work force reaches about 1,700 people. Introduces the Air Cushioned Inlet.

1953 Sales offices are opened  in Portland, Oregon and Mobile, Alabama. Introduces Suction Roll Silencing.

1954 Beloit builds the Inverform former

1955 Beloit acquires E.D. Jones of Pittsfield, MA,. Downingtown Manufacturing Co. of Downingtown, PA and a factory in Pinerola, Italy.Beloit introduces the Inverform and the Suction Pickup.

1956 The Twinver press is introduced.

1958 Beloit machines are being built in England, Japan & Spain. Develops the Flo-Vac and develops the first rereeler to process edited jumbos to increase finishing operations efficiency.

1959 Beloit introduces the Controlled Crown Roll for sheet profiling and the Ribbed Yankee.

1960 Beloit develops the Flooede Nip Coater and establishes an engineering and sales force at Downtown, PA dedicated to finishing product lines.

1960 - 1971 Breakthroughs in winding include: Load cell tension control, TNT winding concept, Rhometer roll tester, Biwind duplex winder, Pos-Z dual spreader, Low inertia sectional paper rolls, Large winder drum winding concept, Use of Vent-a-grooving on paper rolls and winder drums, Super L winder development, Portable winder analyzer and the HTC duplex winder. 

1961 Rockton, Ill Research Facility dedicated. Elbert H. Neese dies August of the same year. The same year the Beloit Air Cap and the Inclined Size press are introduced.

1962 The name of Beloit Iron Works is changed January 1st of this year to Beloit Corporation however the BIW name is slow to disappear. Beloit acquires Sorel industries of Quebec and Walmsley's (Bury) of Bolton, England.

1963 Beloit introduces the gloss calender.

1964 Beloit establishes new world record for a tissue machine at 4000 FPM (1200 M/M)

1965 Beloit develops the Venta Nip press and the Sheet Splitter laboratory tool.

1966 Beloit develops tghe Versa-Nip Calender and acquires Wheeler Roll Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Develops the use of synthetic rolls in supercalenders.

1967 The fixed Queen calender is introduced.

1968 The CS Steamfit is added to the product line.

1968 Beloit introduces the Baseframe and Moduall concept.

1970 Beloit introduces the Bel Baie, a family of twin wire formers.

1970 The Super L Winder is developed.

1971 Beloit introduces the Tri-Nip press and the ConverFlo headbox..

1972  Beloit introduces the Bel Bond, the Bel Baie II and the Bi-Wind duplex winder.

1974 Beloit introduces the Bi-Nip Press.

1974 Harry Moore becomes chairman of Beloit Corporation. E. H. Neese, Jr succeeds Mr. Moore as president. The Bi-Nip press is introduced.

1975 Beloit introduces the Twin Wire Tissue Former, the Strata-Flo ConverFlo headbox and acquires Raybestos Manhattan roll covering company.

1978 Beloit evelops Spoiler Bars and acquires Radar Companies material and chip handling equipment.

1979 Beloit introduces the Extended Nip Press. Acquires Lenox Machine Company of Lenox, MA.

1980 The Short Dwell coater is introduced and Beloit builds a plant in Campinas, Brazil. The Beloit winder product line is relocated to Beloit Corporations' Lenox Division plant in Lenox, MA.

1981 Beloit introduces the Thin Channel ConverFlo headbo,  Bel-Champ dryer concept, Ecamp eddy current heating, BEL-CADD computer aided design and drafting and BEL-CAM computer aided manufacturing.

1982 Beloit develops the Bivent Press section and  Slicemate auto positioning for precise slice lip control.

1983 Beloit introduces the Bel Roll top wire former and the Winder Mate advanced roll structure control system.

1984 E. H. Neese, Jr becomes chairman. Thomas G. McKie becomes president. The BelForm and Bel Baie III formers and Zone Control of Controlled Crown rolls are introduced. 

1985 Chairman Elbert H. Neese, Jr. makes announcement that the Neese family had decided to sell Beloit Corporation. Family financial interests were given as the reason for the sale. Ironically this is the 100 year anniversary of the  formation of the Beloit Iron Works. 

New world speed record by Beloit machine established at 3,150 FPM, (960 M/M) for fine paper, 4150 FPM (1260 M/M) for newsprint and 6300 FPM (1920 M/M) tissue grade. Concept III headbox and the bel run low profile dryer section are introduced. 

1986 Harnischfeger Corporation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, buys Beloit Corporation for $175 million. Harnischfeger’s president, William W. Goessel had previously been associated with Beloit for 32years. John A. McKay named Beloit corporation’s president. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo, acquires 20% of Beloit corporation in partnership with Harnischfeger Industries, Inc. Bel Baie III twin-wire gap former makes debut. The horizontal Bel Baie gap former is introduced.

1988 Pressurized Deinking Module (PDM) for paper developed.

1989 Beloit machines set new records of 4553 FPM (1390 M/M) for newsprint and 6758 FPM (2060 /M) for tissue.

1990 Beloit and Measurex form an alliance for premier control source.

1991 Beloit acquires Fabryka Maszyn Papierniczych (FAMPA)

1992 Beloit acquires J & L fibre services of Waukesha, Wisconsin.

1993 John McKay appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer of Harnischfeger Industries. J. Weldon Cole named Mr. McKays successor. Beloit and Mitsubishsi develop the Concept IV-MH headbox. TNT machine reel is introduced

1994 Beloit acquires Oasis Inc., a provider of optical alignment systems and inspection services.

1995 Beloit completed the purchase of Rollin S.A. of France. Tom Engelsman appointed president and chief operating officer of Beloit Corporation.

1996 Beloit acquires assets of the IMPCO Division of Ingersoll-Rand of Nashua, New Hampshire. More than 8,000 people are employed by Beloit Corporation worldwide. Beloit makes joint venture with Küsters of Germany. Also makes joint venture with Fleissner GmbH & Co. to expand dryer equipment capabilities.

1999 On June 7th Harnischfeger Industries, Inc., announced it had filed for financial reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Harnischfeger had reported a net loss of $74.3 million for its second quarter of that year, and only 2 weeks earlier had announced several management changes.