Crippen Manufacturing Company was founded in 1924 by Jonathon Crippen, to design and fabricate machinery that was useful for removing edible beans from their pods. Because of the company’s location at the center of Michigan’s bean production, the early Crippen equipment was very popular and sold well to local growers and processors.
Crippen took a partner in 1928, when Albert Frevert joined the company. The two men refined the original unit and developed more flexibility to size and clean a wider variety of products. The early units became known as Crippen Air/Screen Cleaners. Over the years the Crippen name became synonymous with high quality equipment and service. In 1988 the company was sold to Jim Gascho, determined to grow the company, he added engineers and production experts to begin a dramatic rise to the top of the seed and grain processing industry. After capturing the lion’s share of the Air/Screen Cleaner market, the successful Crippen product line was expanded to include new products. In 1992 the company designed and built its first state-of-the-art Gravity Separators and Stoners. A year later, Crippen added more experts to develop a material handling product line, and soon Crippen was producing a complete line of high quality bucket elevators and belt conveyors.
By 1996, customer demand decreed that Crippen increase its engineering and design staff, add more product lines and expand their facilities. With plants throughout the United States and Canada, Crippen has expanded its product line to include pulse jet air filtration systems; Tru-Sphere belt separators; a full line of length graders from Ideal Grain & Seed Cleaner Company; and the broadest array of conditioning and handling equipment. In 2004, Crippen celebrated it’s 80th year of equipment production, customer service and continued commitment to the Seed, Milling and Commercial Processing Industries. We thank customers like you for helping Crippen reach this great milestone and look forward to the next 80 years. Crippen Manufacturing is committed to designing and offering the best equipment to meet the high demands and challenges that our customers face in this great industry.