Gardner Denver

Gardner Denver, founded in 1859, is a global manufacturer of industrial compressors, blowers, pumps, loading arms and fuel systems. The Company has 40 manufacturing facilities located in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific with offices in 33 different countries. The Company believes its major products and brands are leaders within the industries it serves. At the heart of our success is our operating philosophy, The Gardner Denver Way.

Company details

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Manufacturing, Other
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
more than $1,000,000,000 US

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Gardner Denver is a leading global provider of flow control technology, application expertise and support services to a diverse customer base through a family of trusted brands.

Founded more than 150 years ago, we focus on developing engineered solutions to our customers' biggest operational challenges, with an emphasis on providing absolute reliability, increased efficiency and lower energy expenditures wherever possible.

We will be the industry's first choice for innovative and mission-critical flow control and compression products, services and solutions through an intense customer focus and disciplined performance culture.

Steadfast Integrity

We are honest in our dealings with others, we keep our promises and we take responsibility for our actions. We act with the highest level of integrity. We follow all Company policies and laws. Simply put: we do what is right, even when it is not easy.

Customer Focus

We put the customer first. We understand and make what the customer wants, and we deliver it on time. We take care of the customer before, during and after the sale. We deliver high-quality products and stand behind them. We are always looking for ways to help our customers improve their business by providing the right engineered applications for their most critical processes.

Global Teamwork

We think and act globally without walls or silos. We are a team, no matter if our colleagues sit next door to us or are in offices halfway around the world. We value different opinions. We respect the different workplace practices that exist throughout the world and are sensitive to local cultures and practices. We work together and win with our exceptionally talented global team.

Creative Thinking

We think differently. We embrace change and adapt to our customers' needs. We focus on getting to the right answer for our customer in today's world, not on simply repeating what worked in the past. We strive to bring new and creative solutions to our customers through innovation, research and development. We have been innovating for more than 155 years, and we are not going to stop now.

Bias for Action

We act. We get things done. We avoid paralysis by over-analysis. Although we always take time to plan, we know when to stop planning and start doing. We focus on quality, and we will be nimble in its delivery.

We apply the same passion and commitment that make our customers successful toward making a real difference in the world.

Environment, Health and Safety

We're committed to sustainability in both the work we do and the way we work. Our products aid customers in energy savings, fuel efficiency, heat recovery, wastewater treatment and solar power, helping to make a positive impact on the environment worldwide. Our manufacturing and service processes ensure employees work in a safe and healthy environment, and safeguard our operations from hazardous conditions and materials.

Code of Conduct

Gardner Denver employees all share in the company's dedication to safe practice, responsible management, environmental stewardship and ethical operation.

Transparency in Supply Chains

At Gardner Denver, we relentlessly uphold our standards for great quality, customer care and responsible labor throughout our business and supply chains. When choosing suppliers, we perform appropriate due diligence to verify that the supplier is reputable and qualified. We also audit our suppliers based on risk, and, when appropriate, audit for labor issues.

Supplier Code of Conduct

When evaluating suppliers, we partner only with those who match our commitment to delivering the best possible products and operating in the most ethically responsible manner. View our Supplier Code of Conduct.

Humble Beginnings

Robert Gardner likely never imagined the legacy he would inspire when his company designed the first effective speed controls for steam engines. In 1883, the Gardner Governor Company earned a medal for best steam engine governor at the Southern Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, and by the turn of the century, Gardner had sold more than 150,000 governors across the United States and Canada.

Product Expansion

Two big trends had an outsize impact on the future of Gardner Denver: the rising popularity of the automobile and America's first oil boom. The high demand for oil required new equipment to bring it up from the ground, for which purpose Gardner drilling pumps, or mud pumps, were developed. It was also about this time that Gardner began manufacturing high speed vertical air compressors, which were sold to gas stations that had sprung up to serve the burgeoning automobile market.

A New Name

Gardner Governor products discovered a ready market with the onset of Colorado's mining industry. The Denver Rock Drill Company proved to be one of Gardner Governor's most productive agents. Gardner Governor sold many compressors, which customers used alongside the drills Denver Rock Drill manufactured and marketed. The long-suggested merger came to fruition in 1927 when Gardner Denver was created, joining one of the best-run manufacturers of rock drilling equipment for the mining industry with the dominant player in portable air compressors for the construction industry.

Going Public

Gardner Denver was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1943, a huge milestone along the company's growth trajectory. Going public launched Gardner Denver into a series of critical acquisitions, including Keller Tool Company and CycloBlower in the 1950s, and Apex Machine and Tool Company and Martin Decker Corporation in the 1960s.

The company in 1973 announced the relocation of its headquarters to Dallas. By the end of the decade Gardner Denver was acquired by Cooper Industries. Between 1985 and 1988, Cooper also purchased Sutorbilt and DuroFlow blowers, OPI well servicing pumps and Joy compressors. As Cooper Industries' strategy changed, the Gardner Denver Industrial Machinery Division was spun off in 1994 as an independent company. Gardner Denver, Inc. then became a publicly held company trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

Growing Through Strategic Acquisitions

Gardner Denver, Inc. continues to acquire complementary companies to broaden its product portfolio. Since the 80s, Gardner Denver has acquired more than twenty-five firms, including beloved brands like CompAir, Nash and Robuschi.

On July 30, 2013, Gardner Denver was taken private when its outstanding shares were purchased by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, “KKR”). Founded in 1976, KKR has grown into a global investment firm that invests in a variety of industries all over the world. KKR's approach to private equity investments is simple: it seeks to partner with strong management teams to build and grow great businesses over the long run. Since Gardner Denver was taken private, we have made several other strategic acquisitions: Conroe Plastics, a specialty consumables manufacturer for the oil and gas industry; Garo, the leading manufacturer of liquid ring compressors; Tricontinent, an innovative syringe pump and fluid handling system manufacturer; and most recently, ILS laboratory equipment and Zinsser Analytic fluid and powder handling solutions.

Gardner Denver proudly rejoins the New York Stock Exchange

On May 12, 2017, Gardner Denver proudly rejoins the New York Stock Exchange as it lists its shares publicly once again.

Gardner Denver Today

Gardner Denver, Inc. is a recognized leader in the markets it serves, delivering highly engineered flow control solutions for thousands of applications in dozens of different industries. Our worldwide customer commitment is the reason Gardner Denver has built a thriving business out of Robert Gardner's big idea in 1859. Gardner Denver's innovative engineering is in our DNA - it's why we're here today, and it's why we'll be here for your business tomorrow.