Baldwin Filters


J.A. Baldwin was one of the first to recognize the importance of improving mobile filtration. He designed a cartridge lube filter and began production in Wisconsin in 1936.

By 1952, Baldwin needed to expand in order for J.A. Baldwin Manufacturing Company to compete for the big orders, but was unable to do so in Wisconsin.

At this time, Kearney, Nebraska, had an idle airfield with hangars that had been used in World War II as a base for the big B-29 planes taking off for Europe.

The company moved to Kearney in 1953 to take advantage of the central location and the available transportation. Once in Kearney, Baldwin Filters began operation in a 24,000 square foot building with nine employees.

By the end of the year, Baldwin employed 26 people and occupied three buildings.

In 1963, Baldwin purchased 42 acres of the former Kearney Air Base and began construction. Shortly after moving part of the operation into the new building, a fire destroyed the original plant and the company offices.

Also lost in the fire were the blueprints of all the filters and the machines designed to produce them. Within six months, J.A. reconstructed the needed blueprints and returned the company to full production.

Between 1964 and 1981, the Baldwin Filter plant was expanded nine times to accommodate the rapid expansion.


Baldwin Expansions

1936   Opens in Wisconsin

1953   Moves to Kearney, Nebraska

1981   Becomes a part of CLARCOR

1989   Acquires facilities in the United
            Kingdom and Europe

1991   Expands with a new manufacturing
            facility in Gothenburg, NE

1994   Acquires a distribution and
            manufacturing center in Mexico

1995   Purchases manufacturing facility
            in China

1995   Buys Hastings Filters and expands
            its U.S. base

1999   Builds a 110,000 square foot
            distribution center at the Kearney

2007   Acquires manufacturing facility
            in Morocco