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September 18, 2017

Barrus celebrates centenary

Filed under: Latest News — EHN Team @ 8:15 am

Today, E.P. Barrus is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The business began on 18 September, 1917 when Ernest Prouty Barrus set up a company in the UK to supply Starrett precision tools. Since then, it has diversified into other markets including Marine, Garden and Industrial.

Barrus entered the industrial engine market during the mid-1930s with the introduction of Johnson Iron Horse industrial engines and Chore Horse generators. Both saw service throughout the Second World War, and most Spitfire and Hurricanes fighter planes had their batteries topped up by Chore Horse generators. The Industrial Division was launched in 1985 with the introduction of the Yanmar L Series engines.

The company has extensive research and development facilities for custom-engine building at its headquarters in Bicester (pictured).

E.P. Barrus is co-owned by the Glen family and MTD Holdings, also a family-owned company, based in the USA, and one of the largest producers of outdoor power equipment in the world. Robert Glen, who is Chairman and the grandson of Ernest Barrus said, “As we celebrate our centenary we reflect on our proud past and most importantly express our sincere thanks to our customers, suppliers, distributors and partners, and loyal employees who have put their trust in Barrus and helped build the company’s success.”

“One hundred years in business represents a tremendous milestone,” commented MD Robert Muir. “2017 is, indeed, a momentous year with recent announcements including our exciting new location plans which will enable us to grow the business.”

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