When Huber Industries was acquired by Batesville Products, Inc. in 1977, BPI wasn't keenly interested in Huber's line of adjustable mounts for cameras and instruments. It was Huber's equipment that was most attractive. By providing a full range of engineering and finishing services in addition to their casting of zinc and aluminum parts, BPI had captured market share beyond their expectations. Buying Huber was a quick solution to the need for more machines to keep up with the flourishing demand for BPI's products and services.
But Huber had also developed a following. The Ohio firm's innovative camera and equipment mounts were solidly constructed, easy to set up and fit most applications without modification. BPI management recognized the hidden value in their acquisition of Huber Industries and decided to keep the line alive.
It was the right decision. Demand for Huber mounts remained solid and continues to grow even today, nearly 30 years after the acquisition. Two concepts fuel this growth. First, we kept the design and construction features of the originals. Our most popular mounts, the 195-, 200- and 300-series, can trace their lineage back to those early models. Second, we've adopted the latest production technology to further enhance the strength and precision of all our mounts.
Staying current in manufacturing technology is a value we share with our parent corporation, BPI. Our resources include engineering, CAD/CAM, CNC machining from solid modeling and automated part inspection on our Mitutoyo CMM.
Augmenting this technology is an experienced, well-trained workforce. We're selective in our recruiting, and we hire only the best. We train our new hires in subjects such as blueprint reading, gauge calibration, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, and Basic Metrology. We also strive to retain our employees by providing a clean, safe work environment where cooperation and individual contributions are recognized and rewarded. Average length of service among our 85 employees is 11 ½ years.
Our accomplishments in engineering, production and training have brought us awards from several agencies as well as recognition from such luminaries as former Congressman Lee Hamilton, U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh.
Our dedication to excellence has also resulted in a client list that includes Ford Motor Company, Hewlett Packard, Fluor Daniel Fernald, the White Sands Missile Range, Eglin Air Force Base, and the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
For nearly half of its 60-year history, Huber Industries has been a division of Batesville Products, Inc. The firms share common values, vision, and a commitment to superior products and services. We look forward to putting these standards to work for you now and for many years to come.