HISTORY IN THE MAKING

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

1860

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

1868

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

1906

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

1954

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

1956

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

1956

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

1988

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

Mike Betts, Betts Company CEO
2009

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

2013

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

2015

Bill Betts becomes the sixth generation president of Betts Company

Betts Company 150th anniversary logo
2018

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