Alfred Van Sant Bodine (known as Bo) founded the Bodine Corporation on July 5, 1933 during the depths of America’s Great Depression in Bridgeport, CT.
The company’s first product was the Model 41-10 Dial-Type Drilling, Tapping and Screw Inserting Machine. The product was the brass stampings used to make electrical plugs and sockets. By the late 1930s, Bodine succeeded in expanding beyond the electrical industry.
The company made a strong contribution to the war effort throughout World War II. During the 1940s Bodine shipped batteries of artillery shell fuse detonator machines to arsenals all over the US and as far away as Australia and New Zealand. This marked the first time that Bodine basic machines were modified and used to suit the demands of purely assembly operations, without any chip-making (i.e., no drilling, tapping, or reaming) and it had a profound influence on the company’s future.
When the Vietnam War accelerated the demand for ordnance equipment, Bodine developed an in-line rather than rotary chassis for automatic assembly. The machine’s design was refined and the first chassis was built in 1965. The first Model 64 was shipped in 1966 and was tooled to produce fingertip pumps.
60% of Bodine’s customer base in the 1970’s was automotive. Most other customers came from the electrical, hardware and electronics industries. The company developed its market in trigger pumps. To this day, virtually all trigger pumps on supermarket shelves are still assembled on Bodine machines.
During the 1980’s, the company continued to develop and use the Model 64 chassis and expanded its markets in automotive components, electrical devices, consumer products and magnetic media.
In the 1990s, Bodine responded to customer requests for more assembly operations testing.
Bodine is legendary. Recently, customers have been buying parts for machines with over 70 million cycles on them.