Founded in 1887, Heyl & Patterson Inc., Pittsburgh, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Crediting multiple generations of employees, customers and vendors for the company’s longevity, Heyl & Patterson notes it has adapted to the times and demonstrated teamwork and innovation drive success. The company has been based in Pittsburgh since its founding.

The manufacturer of engineered solutions for thermal processing applications and bulk-material handling around the globe began when Edmund W. Heyl and William J. Patterson formed a sales agency for conveyor chains and elevator buckets. Due to its proximity to the coal, steel, glass and aluminum industries of southwestern Pennsylvania, the company quickly evolved into a top supplier in the region.

Now Heyl & Patterson makes railroad and barge unloaders, and thermal processing equipment for the mining, chemical, energy and biomass sectors.  The company does business throughout North America and around the world, with electric power plants, export facilities and steel mills, and has ongoing relationships in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia and South Korea.

“People often ask how a locally-owned company like Heyl & Patterson has survived so long,” says John Edelman, president and CEO.  “We would not be in business today if our employees had not strived to maintain the legacy of the Heyl and Patterson families through the years. Our company has always stayed innovative and has consistently delivered the best quality products at fair prices.  We never stop looking for ways to improve.”

Prominent projects include the largest capacity high-efficiency dryer in the world for Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel, the wheel assemblies that move the roof of the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, and launch-pad blast deflectors at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. During World War II, Heyl & Patterson was awarded the U.S. Army-Navy “E” Award for excellence in wartime production of manufacturing equipment.

“Even as we celebrate our past successes, we focus on making Heyl & Patterson the best company it can be,” says Harry Edelman IV, executive vice president. "We are eager to write the next chapter in the Heyl & Patterson’s history.”