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Company Mission & History

Elkhart Brass is the industry's most experienced manufacturer of innovative firefighting and fire protection equipment. Elkhart products can be found in fire departments around the world, building systems and off-shore drilling sites, as well as in military, marine, and industrial firefighting applications.

Well known for its commitment to quality, value, and customer service, Elkhart celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2002. Since its founding, the company has been owned and operated by the same family and is in the fourth generation of management.

Elkhart Brass still operates at its original site in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition to manufacturing and management, the site also houses product research and development, engineering, and product testing. Elkhart manufactures 2,000 products used in virtually every aspect of fire fighting.

Elkhart Brass History
1902
  • Company founded by Albert E. Hansen
1920s
  • Offered first ball-type shut-off nozzle in the U.S.
1930s
  • Mystery® Nozzle, America's first peripheral jet fog nozzle
  • Developed a line of truck-mount deck guns
1940s
  • Began making portable monitors
  • Added the integral ball shut-off to the Mystery® nozzle in the Select-O-Stream® line
1950
  • Developed Select-O-Flow® nozzles, the industry's first constant flow, selectable gallonage nozzles
1970s
  • Introduced Select-O-Matic® automatic nozzles, the first nozzles to operate on the availability of water rather than on pressure (still the company's best selling product)
  • Opened an additional manufacturing site in Shreve, Ohio
1980s
  • Introduced Chief® nozzles — a lightweight, simplified version of the Select-O-Flow® line
  • Created a complete line of fireground appliances used with LDH
  • Developed Stinger® monitors — the first product with quick disconnect to move from truck mount to ground mount (prior to Stinger, two separate pieces of equipment were needed)
1990s
  • Developed a new generation of easier-to-operate Select-O-Matic® nozzles with more gallonage choices
  • Introduced X-Stream® SM-2000 Select-O-Matic ® nozzle with gallonages from 500-2000 GPM
2000s
  • Changed the face of firefighting again with W.E.T.™ (Wireless Electronic Technology) that allows remote controlled operation of monitors from up to 1/4 mile away
  • Introduced Extender® which automatically raises Elkhart Brass compact monitors 18" above apparatus deck
  • Introduced the Vulcan® monitor, the industry's most compact, lightest master stream device with flows up to 1250 GPM
  • Developed low pressure handline nozzles, including break-apart options, all offering outstanding stream performance at 75 psi (and in some cases, 50 psi) in the Chief™, Phantom® , and Select-O-Matic® lines.
  • Introduced RA.M.® — Rapid Attack Monitor — for quick deployment and easy one-man operation
  • Put on the market the Unibody Valve line, featuring a cross-compatible apparatus ball valve and a butterfly valve with a robust, heavy-duty motor.
  • Developed the Glow Bumper for handline nozzles to better enhance firefighter safety.