The U.S. Patent system is one of our most important indicators of economic growth as a nation.
Topping the list of companies with the most patents is IBM, which received 4,914 patents in 2009 alone. General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Hewlett-Packard follow shortly on Forbes’ list.
Ranking among these household names is Hillyard, Inc., an equally successful yet often-forgotten contemporary. It is rare that one comes across a company with a history as rich and consistent in invention as Hillyard’s.
Each consecutive year has brought with it another milestone for Hillyard.
1907 - Newton S. Hillyard founded Hillyard Companies in St. Joseph, Missouri.
1910s - After Newton Hillyard’s son asked him to sponsor a basketball team, Hillyard observed that the oil dressings used on early wooden basketball courts were slippery and unsafe. Hillyard Companies introduced Diamond® Gym Finish, the world’s first modern gym finish, to solve this problem. (It was during this period that new designs for paper towel, tissue, and soap dispensers were patented.)
1930s - Hillyard was awarded a patent for an innovative dust mop design.
1950s - By the company’s 50th anniversary, it had successfully survived two World Wars and the Great Depression. This decade brought Hillyard a new world headquarters based in St. Joseph and another hit product, Trophy® Gym Finish.
1980s - Hillyard invented a water-based epoxy gym finish using chemical advances.
2000s - Hillyard celebrates 100 Years of Innovation and patents the Cleaning Companion®. This automated cleaning system was released during the tech boom.
2010s - The Hillyard mop becomes the Official Floor Mop of NCAA Basketball.
2016 - Hillyard announced their plans for redevelopment and expansion in downtown St. Joseph. Hillyard purchased 25 acres of property owned by WireCo WorldGroup, with plans to build a new, modern manufacturing and warehousing operations.
Hillyard is certain this upcoming milestone will bring new opportunities for the company and for everyone we work with.