History

2019

Hillenbrand acquired Milacron Holdings, a manufacturer and distributor of engineered and customized systems in the plastics technology and processing industry, as well as fluid technologies and processing systems. The acquisition doubled the number of global employees and expanded the company’s geographic reach with operations in 50 countries. The transaction represents a pivotal, transformational step in our vision to become a world-class global diversified industrial company by adding new strategic businesses in hot runner systems and injection molding to Hillenbrand's portfolio through Milacron's leading brands.

2019

Hillenbrand signed the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a voluntary pledge to develop and exercise corporate responsibility programs and to begin increasing disclosure of the company’s sustainable business practices. By signing the compact, Hillenbrand committed to act in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on collaboration and innovation.

2018

Hillenbrand acquired BM&M Screening Solutions, a global manufacturer of high-speed gyratory screeners for a variety of industries. This acquisition leverages the Rotex global footprint to introduce BM&M product lines outside of North America. Today, BM&M operates as a business unit of Rotex.

2016

Hillenbrand made additional moves in the industrial water space through the acquisition of Red Valve, a leader in highly-engineered, mission-critical flow control solutions. Red Valve serves municipal and industrial water and wastewater customers.

2016

Hillenbrand launched the One Campaign, an outreach program built around four main concepts: One day of service, one week of community volunteerism, one month of an educational awareness campaign and in-kind donation drive, and one year of a significant corporate contribution we believe will move the needle in the community. In 2019, we reoriented the focus of the Company’s One Campaign to certain of the SDGs while preserving its historical framework and emphasizing collaboration and innovation.

2015

Hillenbrand continued to transform into a global diversified industrial company, acquiring ABEL Pumps, a manufacturer of highly-engineered, energy efficient, positive displacement pumps. These products are used in harsh and difficult-to-manage, mission critical applications that require high pressures and semi-solid materials movement.

2013

Hillenbrand announced the merger of K-Tron with Coperion. Today, Coperion K-Tron is a proud partner in Coperion’s Equipment & Systems Division leading the way for our customers’ feeding and pneumatic conveying needs.

2012

In what would become the company’s first major transformative acquisition, Hillenbrand acquired Coperion, a market and technology leader in compounding systems, feeding technology, bulk materials handling systems and services. This acquisition nearly doubled the size of the company and provides additional geographic reach.

2012

The three brands under K-Tron (Gundlach Equipment, Jeffrey Rader and Pennsylvania Crusher) organized into a single company, TerraSource Global. The company is a leader in size reduction equipment, conveying systems, screening equipment, and parts and services.

2011

The company continued to diversify with the acquisition of Rotex Global in 2011, a leading manufacturer of dry material separation machines and replacement parts and accessories. Rotex continues its tradition of innovation, combining modern facilities and state-of-the-art techniques to assure continuing adherence to quality and reliability.

2010

Hillenbrand’s first acquisition happened in 2010 with K-Tron, the global leader in feeding and pneumatic conveying equipment and parts and services, and the owner of the companies of Size Reduction Group (currently known as TerraSource Global): Pennsylvania Crusher, Gundlach Equipment, and Jeffrey Rader.

2008

Hillenbrand split its medical and casket divisions into separate publicly traded companies, Hillenbrand and Hill-Rom. Hillenbrand began trading on the NYSE under the symbol “HI.”

2007

Hillenbrand Industries approved the separation of Hill-Rom and Batesville Casket Company into two independent publicly-traded companies.

1971

Hillenbrand Industries, which included Batesville Casket Company and Hill-Rom, went public and was traded on the NYSE under the symbol “HB” until 2008. During this period of growth, the company developed new products and manufacturing techniques, allowing both Hill-Rom and Batesville Casket Company to achieve greater market presence. The company also focused on customer service and ensuring customer satisfaction.

1929

William A. Hillenbrand, John Hillenbrand’s son, started Hill-Rom – a hospital furniture manufacturer. Two years earlier, he had a revolutionary idea to "bring the home into the hospital" by offering hospitals wooden furniture to help create a warmer, more comfortable environment. Hill-Rom would remain a part of the company until 2008.

1906

John A. Hillenbrand planted the company’s roots in Batesville, Indiana in 1906 when he rescued a small, struggling casket company. Hillenbrand had a vision to become an industry leader in North American funeral products. While Batesville Casket Company was originally known for its excellent craftsmanship of wooden caskets, the company has since expanded its products and solutions to meet the evolving needs of families and licensed funeral professionals. Batesville Casket is Hillenbrand’s legacy company and remains a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America.