Harbridge was established in 1934, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin as a residential heating and sheet metal business. The company expanded into the commercial and industrial design/build markets.
Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Harbridge developed, patented, and installed a large number of industrial exhaust and ventilation systems including the early versions of the patented “VH” Liquid Stripe Exhaust system. The success of the company’s innovative work generated installations across the country and made Harbridge a leading manufacturer of specialized air handling systems for canmakers.
In the 1980’s, Harbridge also purchased the heat exchanger technology of a Minnesota manufacturer and their entry into built-to-order, custom engineered, gas fired indirect heaters was launched. Harbridge was purchased in 1997 by the JF Ahern Company and their specialty in industrial air systems and gas indirect heaters was enhanced and expanded.
In 2002, the company was purchased by its current owner, Steven Gougé and was redirected from its manufacturing base to focus on sales, engineering and development of fully custom indirect heaters and innovative air systems. The manufacturing process was then entrusted to a few carefully selected subcontractors operating under Harbridge supervision.