As a customer who has purchased fuel injection products or manufacturing services, you understand the importance of not only a quality product but a quality company behind the product. So what makes AMABAC fuel injection manufacturing unique? Read more to find out…
As a 100-year-old heavy-duty fuel injection manufacturing company, we like to think of ourselves as the "oldest startup." How so? Even though we have spent more than a century in manufacturing in the United States, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to better our heavy-duty fuel injection products for commercial trucks, but more importantly, we are constantly looking for ways to better our people. And what began as a heavy-duty diesel, fuel injection manufacturing for commercial trucks company, has since turned into a company of growing people, and ideas. But let's start where all good stories, at the beginning.
AMBAC US Manufacturing & Aftermarket Beginnings
Robert Bosch, the founder in 1906 of the Germany-based
Bosch Magneto Company, built the Springfield Bosch plant, then renamed "Bosch Magneto Co."
later "American Bosch Magneto Corp" in 1911. Early photographs of the factory interior show lab-coated
machinists producing parts for the emerging automobile and truck industry, more
specifically, the heavy-duty fuel injection industry in the United States.
AMBAC US Manufacturing During World War I & World War II
1917 the US Government
confiscated the plant for army supplies during
World War I. Four years later the plant was returned to Bosch and renamed "Robert
Bosch Magneto Company." At this time, the four-story plant employed 3000
workers and turned out 50% of all the electrical starter parts required by the
US vehicle industry. Production begins in 1922 on Diesel Fuel Injection Systems.
Concerned about the loyalties of Bosch management, at the end of 1941, the United States Treasury assumed formal operation of the plant and the federal Alien Property Custodian's Office (APC) took possession of all foreign-owned stock. With ownership issues resolved, the plant received an additional $4,000,000 in leased machine tools from the FDPC in the spring of 1942 to expand production. With a focus on manufacturing heavy-duty fuel injection products for commercial trucks and offroad vehicles.
AMBAC US Manufacturing Post War Era
By 1942 Bosch magnetos or fuel injectors appeared in
virtually every U.S.-built plane, battleship, aircraft carrier, destroyer, and
submarine as highly skilled machinists, operators and assemblers turned out
precision parts with very little tolerances.
Sales rose to $13 million in 1941, reached $31 million in 1942, and peaked at $61.2 million in 1944, while in that year employment jumped to 7,300 from under 1,000 in 1941. The APC paid out small stock dividends, but chose to set aside close to $2 million in cash to assist it in what it anticipated would be a costly adjustment to peacetime production, These cash reserves would figure prominently in the plant's return to civilian ownership in 1948.
The APC sold the plant in 1948 for $6 million to AMRA, a two-year-old financial holding company headed by Charles Allen, the president of the Wall Street investment firm Allen and Company. The holding company's board of directors included the major partners of several Wall Street legal firms as well as the presidents of the American Securities Corporation and the American Overseas Development Corporation.
In 1949 Allen merged the Bosch with ARMA Corporation, a Long Island, New York defense electronics firm, to form American Bosch-ARMA (ABA), with headquarters on Long Island. Bosch became one of several production facilities owned by a financial holding concern with a growth strategy predicated upon product and market diversification, cost-cutting, and eventually the construction of low-wage, non-union plants in the South. The switch from a localized ownership-with at least some concern for the well-being of the Springfield plant and workforce-to ownership with the ability to play off against one another the interests of several production facilities in a search for maximum profits commenced the slow downward slide to closure. A focus on fuel injection products for heavy-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, that were manufactured in the United States, has kept AMBAC manufacturing at the forefront of the heavy-duty fuel injection history in the United States over the past century.
AMBAC Manufacturing Today in the United States
In conclusion, formerly American Bosch, AMBAC Manufacturing and aftermarket in the United States has been manufacturing and supplying Diesel Fuel Injection Systems for heavy-duty commercial and military applications since 1910 and many of our original designs are still used by OEM engine manufacturers today. So how is a 110-year-old company still able to be a leader in the industry?
Let's look at the example of a common rail fuel pump that many of our customers were using. Over time, we noticed that the OEM warranty failure rate was extremely high for this product. Our solution? Our team of highly trained and knowledgeable technicians deconstructed several pumps, to determine the cause of the failure. Upon discovering the component of the fuel pump that was causing the failure, we used our century-plus of manufacturing and OEM experience to develop a new, and better part, thus creating a better-performing, more reliable remanufactured fuel pump. We incorporated our AMBAC - designed solution to make a better performing part.
Why does any of this matter? AMBAC is there whenever American farmers cultivate, plant, and harvest crops throughout our great heartland. AMBAC is there whenever American and Allied military forces fight to preserve our freedom. The world's heavy-duty trucking industry uses our products to this day. Internationally, electric power generating systems rely on AMBAC Fuel Systems, Electronic Governors, and Speed Controls. AMBAC is there because we have been in your shoes. We have driven the truck that has broken down, we are veterans, farmers, and engineers. We have a century of experience and a heart of a startup. Our longevity in the have duty manufacturing industry in the United States ensures that we have the skills necessary to handle any problem that may arise.