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Fairbanks Morse History

In 1830, Thaddeus Fairbanks invented the first platform balance scale and opened a business with his brother, Erastus. Charles Morse joined the company in 1850, and by 1865, the first branch to be known as Fairbanks, Morse and Company was established. Over the years, Fairbanks Morse Engine has manufactured a wide array of products including radios, washing machines, power mowers, water heaters, water softeners, air conditioners, and storage batteries. Fairbanks Morse Engine was the first company to successfully market a gasoline engine in the United States in 1893. Today, our focus is to manufacture diesel and dual-fuel engines and to provide outstanding aftermarket product support. Our heritage is rich with technology innovations and an extensive line of efficient, long-life engine designs. The Opposed Piston engine was developed in the mid-1930s and was initially used to power submarines and locomotives. Because of the outstanding reliability derived from the design, Opposed Piston engines are still in service on U.S. Navy ships, in electric power plants, and in numerous mechanical drive applications.

Today, Fairbanks Morse Engine is the premiere manufacturer of innovative fuel-flexible power systems for marine and stationary power applications. Fairbanks Morse Engine's Opposed-Piston, FM/ALCO, Colt-Pielstick, MAN engines provide excellent fuel consumption with low emissions.

Quarter Century Club

Employees with at least 25 years of service to the company are eligible to join the Quarter Century Club.

The club held its first meeting in October of 1923 in the plant cafeteria. Lunch was free and the members were treated to a band concert featuring songs from their youth (the late 1800's!). The 48 founding members had a total of 1422 years of continuous service, an average of almost 30 years per member. The member with the longest employment record was Irvin Alcan with over forty years. He began his employment as an apprentice at The Eclipse Wind Engine Company in 1882! The Eclipse Wind Engine Company would later become Fairbanks Morse Engine.

Today the Quarter Century is still going strong with a membership of over 600 active and retired employees. They meet each year for an afternoon of socializing, new member induction and business meetings. The club is one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

The Original Quarter Century Club — 1924

Fairbanks Morse Quarter Century Club