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De Vilbiss Co

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of Toledo, Ohio, maker of spray equipment

1888 Business founded by Dr. Allen DeVilbiss who combined a bulb, some tubing, and the base of an oil can to create the first atomizer for health care.

1907 Thomas DeVilbiss, an inventor in his own right, experimented with adapting the original atomizer to create a spray gun to meet the challenges of spray finishing. Mass production was beginning to evolve at this time and Thomas DeVilbiss' spray gun technology proved to be a revolutionary addition to the paint and lacquer coating applications on the furniture and automotive finishing assembly line. Spraying the lacquer reduced drying time to hours instead of weeks and the spraying of paint replaced hand brushing, helping to create new jobs and increase productivity in manufacturing.

1990 Company purchased by Illinois Tool Works.

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  • [1] De Vilbiss Store