It Began with Innovation
In the winter of 1902 Albert E. Grapp, the young son of Prussian immigrants and an aspiring inventor, designed and built an electric heating system for the shivering streetcar passengers of Minneapolis, Minnesota. And thus began Despatch Industries, a company that would grow to build the most technologically advanced thermal processing solutions in the world.
After his success with the electric heaters, Grapp turned his attention to ovens for milling giant Pillsbury. Pillsbury took advantage of the uniform heat offered by the Despatch ovens for testing its flour. Despatch ovens for baking bread and other foods followed, and soon the company expanded its line of ovens for use in a wide range of industrial processes.
Decades of Progress
As the decades passed, Despatch continued to refine its capabilities, focusing on companies and industries that required tight tolerance equipment for critical processes.
Despatch now serves the thermal processing needs of industries such as electronics, medical devices, materials and aerospace, having built an international reputation for its uniformity and repeatability over time.
In 2005 Despatch entered the solar cell manufacturing market with the launch of its first metallization firing and drying furnace which soon became the world’s best-selling furnace in the market. Despatch was purchased by ITW in 2011 and has become a key brand in the ITW EAE division.