In 1913, a small factory in the city of Ingersoll was constructed for the production of a soap called “Fun to Wash.” While “Fun to Wash” sadly had a very short life, the factory was converted to the making of brooms, and in 1914 it was purchased by E.A. Wilson, who used the facility in forming Ingersoll Machine & Tool in 1915.
Ingersoll Machine & Tool specialized in the manufacture of steering gear assembles for cars and boats – including car starters, steering gears, milimetre shells, truck axle parts, house trailer parts and machine parts. Ingersoll Machine & Tool established a major presence within the automotive industry, and by the early 1930s, Ingersoll Machine & Tool made every steering gear assembly for Canadian-built Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Chrysler, DeSoto, Plymouth, Hudson, and Nash cars.
The next several decades saw major growth and expansion of the company’s ventures, and Ingersoll Machine & Tool became publicly owned in 1947 with a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. By the early 1970s, Ingersoll Machine & Tool had branched out into the production of washing machines and even hover crafts.
In 1970 Ivaco acquired a majority interest in the company further strengthening it’s capabilities in 1981 with the acquisition of PC Forge following the awarding of a 10-year, $100 million federal contract for large-caliber ammunition shells.
The following year, a new, modern facility was built to replace the company’s original building – with the help of a $125,000 grant from the City of Ingersoll.
Ingersoll Axle developed its own self-steering axle in 1990 in recognition of the market’s need for excellence in this category. Ingersoll Axle was determined to provide to quality, quick delivery times and the ability to provide special applications for its customers. The resulting product, now known as the SmartSteer Axle, remains the lightest and strongest leading king pin self-steering axle in the world. The SmartSteer Axle is so highly regarded, Ingersoll Axle has become known as the self-steering axle leader in every country in the world that uses this axle category. Today, Ingersoll Axle serves a diverse and global client base, and is one of the leading innovators in self-steering axles, with the SmartSteer Axle setting the standard for the truck and trailer market.