Des-Case Corporation was founded in 1983 to provide the lubricant industry with innovative solutions to extend oil and equipment life. The original breather was the brainchild of the Company founder, Jim Waller, who responded to the request of an engineer at a major oil company looking for a way to enhance the performance and longevity of his products. As a filtration engineer by trade, Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold with this opportunity and the breather was created and put into production.
In 1996, further expansion was necessary and Des-Case moved into a manufacturing and distribution center in White House, Tennessee. Sales growth warranted a second expansion in 1997 and the Company doubled its capacity. One year later, Des-Case Europe was founded in 1998 to manage growing distribution partners in the EU. With both a growing international presence as well as the addition of subsequent product lines, the business continued to flourish, eventually warranting another move in 2007 to a larger facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The Company’s initial product offerings have been steadily enhanced throughout the years, as well as expanded upon by complementary product and service offerings.
In late 2013, Pfingsten Partners, a private equity firm, invested in Des-Case Corporation. A highly successful partnership ensued between both entities for almost three years. Mid-year 2016, Industrial Growth Partners (IGP), also a private equity firm, invested in Des-Case, bringing the organization into its portfolio of companies operating in the middle market manufacturing sector.
For more than 30 years, the Company has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its products and service quality, dependability, and business integrity. Des-Case holds patents in the airflow design of breathers with technology that has yet to be surpassed in the marketplace.
Des-Case Is Born
Des-Case Corporation is founded in 1983 to provide the lubricant industry with innovative solutions to extend oil and equipment life. The original breather was the brainchild of the Company founder, Jim Waller, who responded to the request of an engineer at a major oil company looking for a way to enhance the performance and longevity of his products.
Steel & Tank Breathers
Des-Case grew the product line to include Steel and Tank breathers designed specifically for applications where there are very high temperatures, extremely polluted air, or a corrosive environment.
Des-Case moves into a manufacturing and distribution center in White House, Tennessee.
Des-Case Expands Again
Sales growth warrants a second expansion in 1997 and the Company doubles its capacity.
Des-Case Goes Global
Des-Case Europe is founded to manage growing distribution partners in the EU.
To protect even the smallest equipment and storage containers, Des-Case introduces miniature breathers.
Des-Case brings Hybrid breathers to the market with interior check valve technology to isolate lubricants from extreme ambient humidity.
Disposable Steel Breathers and Non-Desiccant Breathers
Des-Case launches Disposable Steel (DS) Breathers for mobile equipment and nautical applications, shortly followed by the launch of Non-Desiccant breathers for low humidity environments and continuous operations with frequent wash-downs.
Filtration Systems & Adapter Kits
Des-Case broadens its product portfolio with the introduction of customizable filter carts and mating adapter kits to provide customers with solutions for ultimate equipment protection. Pairing filtration with breather protection is a natural progression for the company and the industry.
Even More Filtration Systems
Des-Case begins to manufacture compact filtration systems such as the portable Drum Topper, as well as dedicated filtration systems such as the Panel Unit.
Des-Case Expands Yet Again
With both a growing international presence and the addition of subsequent product lines, the business continues to flourish, warranting another move to a larger facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.
More Product Launches & the Addition of Services Offering
Des-Case brings more innovation to its fluid handling line with Lubricant Management Systems (LMS) ― the first of its kind in the marketplace to combine filtration, storage and breather technologies to keep lubricants clean and dry before they enter equipment. Des-Case also begins to offer Lubrication Training & Consulting services, providing practical advice and tools to companies trying to achieve lubrication best practices. The DS Breathers are redesigned and made with high impact materials for the most demanding mobile applications and launched as Extreme Duty (XD) Breathers.
Lubricant Storage & Filtration Expands
To keep up with increasing demands, Des-Case designs the LT-Series LMS with both steel and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) stackable tanks. Des-Case also launches the Drum Filter Cart that filters and transfers oil from a conveniently attachable, secured drum.
Larger Filtration Systems & Depth Filters
Des-Case doubles its fluid handling line with the acquisition of AMS Filtration, expanding into high-flow and high-capacity filtration systems, vacuum dehydration, drop-in filters and depth filters.
Drain Port Adapter Kit
Complementing the four fill port adapter kits in this product category, the Drain Port Adapter Kit is developed to provide multiple useful components such as level indicators, sample ports and a free water sight glass when port locations are limited.
Pfingsten Partners, an operationally-driven, private equity firm, invests in Des-Case Corporation.
EX Series Breathers & Visual Oil Analysis
Des-Case launches the Extended Series breathers, combining the high air flow of the standard breathers with the check-valves of the hybrid breathers, plus a new oil mist reducing feature and more than double the desiccant. Shortly after, Des-Case acquires ESCO’s popular 3-D BullsEye™ Viewport, oil sight glasses, indicators, and oil level monitors.
Des-Case acquires ESCO’s visual oil analysis product line
The 3-D BullsEye Is Redesigned
IsoLink™ Oil Transfer Containers
Des-Case launches IsoLink™ Oil Transfer Containers and accessories, the first of its kind to offer a complete best practices solution for contamination control when transporting oil from storage to equipment.