Eaton celebrating 100th anniversary

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Updated Jan 25, 2011

Eaton Corp. this year celebrates its 100th anniversary of providing customers around the world with innovative and sustainable products and systems. Founded as a small axle business in 1911, Eaton has evolved to become a global power management company and a provider of energy-efficient technologies that help its customers use power more safely and effectively.

“Our company has grown and changed considerably during its first 100 years, but we remain dedicated to the spirit of innovation and ideals that inspired Joseph Eaton,” says Alexander Cutler, Eaton chairman and chief executive officer. “His investment in a new idea in transportation – the first gear-driven truck axle – established a foundation for growth that we continue to build upon today as a values-based global company.”

Today Eaton’s four business groups – Electrical, Aerospace, Hydraulics and Vehicle – serve diverse global markets ranging from aviation, agriculture and construction to energy, infrastructure, healthcare and beyond. Eaton says with customers in more than 150 countries, the company generates more than 55 percent of its revenues from international markets.

“As we celebrate our company’s centennial, Eaton people around the world are building upon our heritage of innovation and expertise,” Cutler says. “We look forward to building further momentum for our most impactful technologies that will help our customers everywhere manage rising energy costs and address some of the world’s toughest power management challenges.”