1. : Daniel B. Mikesell Sr. founded American Brattice Cloth in Warsaw, Indiana. The company produced one product—jute brattice cloth. The fabric was flameproofed, cut to order, and sold to coal mines throughout the Midwest to guide the flow of fresh air in underground coal mines.

    1926

    Daniel B. Mikesell Sr. founded American Brattice Cloth in Warsaw, Indiana. The company produced one product—jute brattice cloth. The fabric was flameproofed, cut to order, and sold to coal mines throughout the Midwest to guide the flow of fresh air in underground coal mines.

  2. : ABC patented a double-seamed ducting suspension system and introduced MineVent® layflat ducting to the mining market.

    1935

    ABC patented a double-seamed ducting suspension system and introduced MineVent® layflat ducting to the mining market.

  3. : D. Blaine Mikesell became president of ABC at age 25 after his father's—Daniel B. Mikesell, Sr.—untimely death.

    1940

    D. Blaine Mikesell became president of ABC at age 25 after his father's—Daniel B. Mikesell, Sr.—untimely death.

  4. : ABC’s current headquarters on Kings Highway in Winona Lake, Indiana was constructed. The facilities have been expanded and remodeled several times to meet the demands of ABC’s broad customer base, diverse product lines, and steady growth.

    1960

    ABC’s current headquarters on Kings Highway in Winona Lake, Indiana was constructed. The facilities have been expanded and remodeled several times to meet the demands of ABC’s broad customer base, diverse product lines, and steady growth.

  5. : Jute brattice cloth was being replaced by various types of plastic and synthetic fabrics. In response, ABC Industries began laminating three-ply PVC fabrics for use in brattice cloth applications. The company also began manufacturing its own wire-reinforced, flexible ducting called MineDuct®.

    1960s

    Jute brattice cloth was being replaced by various types of plastic and synthetic fabrics. In response, ABC Industries began laminating three-ply PVC fabrics for use in brattice cloth applications. The company also began manufacturing its own wire-reinforced, flexible ducting called MineDuct®.

  6. : RigiDuct® filament-wound fiberglass ducting was introduced to withstand the negative pressure produced by new, high-powered underground auxiliary mine fans.

The Mikesell family sold ABC Industries to Peabody Galion, a Fortune 500 company. At the time, Peabody was in the process of acquiring companies for its pollution control division, and ABC’s product line fit its business objectives. ABC Industries was subsequently renamed Peabody ABC Corp.

    1972

    RigiDuct® filament-wound fiberglass ducting was introduced to withstand the negative pressure produced by new, high-powered underground auxiliary mine fans.

    The Mikesell family sold ABC Industries to Peabody Galion, a Fortune 500 company. At the time, Peabody was in the process of acquiring companies for its pollution control division, and ABC’s product line fit its business objectives. ABC Industries was subsequently renamed Peabody ABC Corp.

  7. : Robert Ellison was elected president of ABC, a position he retained until his death in 1984.

    1973

    Robert Ellison was elected president of ABC, a position he retained until his death in 1984.

  8. : The Grand Junction, Colorado branch opened to address the needs of a growing mining customer base in the Western United States.

    1974

    The Grand Junction, Colorado branch opened to address the needs of a growing mining customer base in the Western United States.

  9. : ABC diversified its business by entering into the Industrial Textile Fabric (ITF) market. These two and three-ply laminated fabric and coated mesh products are used in several niche applications, including but not limited to, recreational vehicle and campers, returnable packaging/dunnage, tents/structures, curtains (industrial, agricultural, and gymnasium), athletic mats, military, equipment covers, spill containment, environmental liners and covers.

    1980-1985

    ABC diversified its business by entering into the Industrial Textile Fabric (ITF) market. These two and three-ply laminated fabric and coated mesh products are used in several niche applications, including but not limited to, recreational vehicle and campers, returnable packaging/dunnage, tents/structures, curtains (industrial, agricultural, and gymnasium), athletic mats, military, equipment covers, spill containment, environmental liners and covers.

  10. : Stephen B. Rufenbarger was elected president and served ABC in that position until 2012.

    1984

    Stephen B. Rufenbarger was elected president and served ABC in that position until 2012.

  11. : ABC capitalizes on its manufacturing capabilities and ventilation products knowledge to introduce its Industrial Ventilation Ducting (IVD) products. The line encompasses both sewn and heat-sealed ducting products for a wide range of uses, including air/fume, dehumidification, ground support (PCA – pre-conditioned air), heater ducting, high and low temperature applications, portable HVAC ducting, material handling, and military ducting.

    1985-1989

    ABC capitalizes on its manufacturing capabilities and ventilation products knowledge to introduce its Industrial Ventilation Ducting (IVD) products. The line encompasses both sewn and heat-sealed ducting products for a wide range of uses, including air/fume, dehumidification, ground support (PCA – pre-conditioned air), heater ducting, high and low temperature applications, portable HVAC ducting, material handling, and military ducting.

  12. 1989

    ABC Industries is purchased by a group of private investors from the Warsaw, Indiana area.

  13. : ABC Industries, Inc. achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification.

    2009

    ABC Industries, Inc. achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification.

  14. : Stephen B. Rufenbarger retires, but remains on ABC's Board of Directors. Steven S. Fleagle is named CEO of ABC Industries, Inc.

    2012

    Stephen B. Rufenbarger retires, but remains on ABC's Board of Directors. Steven S. Fleagle is named CEO of ABC Industries, Inc.

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