Since 1868, Betts Company has evolved from its humble beginnings as the first spring manufacturer west of the Mississippi into a diversified operation that serves heavy-duty transportation, automotive aftermarket and other industrial sectors.

Betts Company’s legacy began during America’s post-war reconstruction era. Ingenuity was flourishing, and tradesmen of all kinds were immigrating to the USA. Among them was William Michael Betts, an English ironworker, filled with a desire to pioneer spring manufacturing in the west. With a bold move to San Francisco, young William launched his namesake company that quickly became known for expertly crafting springs for wagons and buggies of all kinds. Along the way, Betts’ reputation for quality, integrity and ingenuity was built.

For the next 150 years, Betts has become known as an industry leader creating innovative, patented products made in the United States. A continuously family-owned business for six generations, Betts Company’s core values, known as the Betts Way, have been the guiding principles that inspire the company to Improve the Way Things Move® for customers, suppliers and the communities in which it lives. Today, Betts proudly serves transportation and other industrial markets through its three business units – Betts Spring ManufacturingBetts Truck Parts & Service, and BettsHD.

Betts® Through the Ages


William Michael Betts I, a decorated English spring maker, sails to the United States in search of new opportunities


William Michael Betts I establishes Betts Spring Company in San Francisco, California, making springs for carriages, streetcars and wagons


Betts Spring Company, along with 80% of the City of San Francisco, is destroyed in the Great San Francisco Earthquake


The first spray suppression patent is issued to Betts Spring Company for the A21 coiled bar type hanger


BettsHD begins manufacturing and distributing spray suppression and safety products for heavy duty vehicles


The first-spring loaded hanger for heavy duty trucks is developed by Betts Spring Company


Betts Truck Parts & Service opens its first location in San Leandro, California

Mike Betts, Betts Company CEO

President Mike Betts champions the Betts Spring Company’s move from San Leandro to Fresno, California


Betts Spring Company becomes Betts Spring Manufacturing and takes its place as one of three divisions within Betts Company


Bill Betts becomes the sixth generation president of Betts Company

Betts Company 150th anniversary logo

Betts Company celebrates 150 years of Improving the Way Things Move, and six generations of family ownership