Founded in 1870, Boston® is one of the oldest brand names in the hose industry. Theodore Dodge of
Cambridge, Mass., developed a fire hose constructed of stitched,
rubberized canvas strips to replace the riveted leather hoses of the
day. Two years later, foreseeing the need for fabric reinforced hoses,
Dodge hired an engineer that had developed a machine which could loom
fabric in a tubular shape. By 1880, the two men had significantly
improved the loom's design to produce a cotton-jacketed rubber hose.
It soon became the industry standard for manufacturing fire hoses,
and, to this day, the loom they invented stands as the basis for such
machines. Their successful joint venture resulted in the formation of
the Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company. The Boston Bulldog was
created as a trademark to identify this high quality brand of
The Boston Woven Hose and Rubber Company
was sold in 1956. In 1970, the company was renamed to Boston
Industrial Products Company to reflect the diversity of products
manufactured. Then, in 1981, Dana Corporation purchased the company and combined it with another acquisition, The Weatherhead
Boston Weatherhead's customer base includes distributors
and original equipment manufacturers. The product line consists of
components that are fabricated into hose and tube assemblies for
transferring liquids, gases, and dry materials.
Eaton Corporation aquired the Boston Weatherhead Division of Dana Corporation. Eaton completed the purchase of the Boston Weatherhead business from Dana Corporation in November 2002 as part of its strategy to be a full-capability supplier to the fluid power industry.
Eaton is a global $7.3 billion diversified industrial manufacturer that is a leader in fluid power systems; electrical power quality, distribution and control; automotive engine air management and fuel economy; and intelligent truck systems for fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 48,000 employees and sells products in more than 50 countries.
Central States Hose is a distributor of the Boston Weatherhead product line including industrial hose, hydraulic hose & fittings, pipe adapters and the Coll-O-Crimp series of hose crimping equipment.