What a wonderful history! Congratulations to Bussmann on your 100th anniversary. I was a senior sales engineer for Busmmann from 1981 to 1994. I recall traveling with Terry Macalady, district manger for Busmmann. We stopped at a restaurant in Duluth GA for lunch. I sketched an idea for a reduced footprint fuse block on a napkin and gave it to Terry. He took it back to the smart folks in engineering, got it patented and it became the pyramid fuse block. Did anyone save my napkin? The fondest memories of my professional career are of the wonderful people at Bussmann.
I was a District Manager in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1976-1980. I was fortunate to be on the team that developed the marketing program for the new Time Delay Class RK1 Fuse, the “Turbit.” The advertising material showed a creature that was a combination turtle and rabbit to describe the fuse characteristics of time-delay and high current limitation. Those were memorable years in my professional career development. Though many years have passed, I consider all my Bussmann associates as friends.
Our friends at Madison Electric Company submitted this letter from 1939 written by Harry Bussmann, the Vice President at the time and one of the original brothers. The letter was written to Morris Blumberg of Madison Electric, congratulating him on 25 years of business. Both companies started in 1914. Congratulations to Madison Electric Company on their 100th anniversary, too!
I have worked for Bussmann for 45 years (since July 8,1969). I started on Palm Street working piece work for about a month then transferred to University Street working in the office doing salesmen activity reports on an old record playing transcript. I have done various things. Then I transferred to Locust Street. After Joe Bussmann passed away, we went to Earth City for awhile, then back to Locust Street and, finally, to Ellisville. I so enjoy working here and the people are fantastic. I will be retiring this year (July 31) and will miss everyone a lot.
I worked for Cooper for many (17) years in a Public Relations and Government Affairs role. Editing the CooperNews, I often came across interesting and unique uses for the Bussmann line. One such example related to the JET project is contained in the attached. I also wrote a piece on how Buss fuses were included by NASA in the first Rover sent to Mars. Either or both of these might make an interesting addition to the 100 years website. Congrats on reaching that milestone.
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: Bluebird Park
Description: We are excited to be a sponsor of The City of Ellisville, Misouri’s Concerts in the Park. We are sponsoring the live performance of That 80s Band. Everyone is invited to bring family and friends for a festive evening of in Bluebird Park. Our management team even has a surprise for all attendees.
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