I worked at Bussmann for about 15 years. I started at the plant on St. Louis Avenue and then moved out to Ellisville. I had an awesome time working at Bussmann and met some wonderful friends. I still keep in contact with some of them. I loved working on the crimper machine. I’ll always remember all the good memories from Bussmann.
My great-grandfather immigrated in the last 1800’s and built our family’s farm house. He installed electricity in 1945. The installed Cutler Hammer box was manufactured in 1940. From day one, we have always used Bussmann plug fuses. Here’s an image with the two overcurrent protection companies, who now play for the same team, working together in 1945 on a resi fusible solution that still works today.
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!