Our History

Company History

Tuthill Transfer Systems (TTS) is a wholly owned, privately held subsidiary of Tuthill Corporation, located in Burr Ridge, IL. Tuthill Corporation has a long history in the development of new products for the pump markets. Dating back to 1892, Chicago builders needed a vast supply of construction material to fuel the city's rapid expansion. James B. Tuthill purchased a local clay quarry and a kiln and began supplying Chicago common bricks to local construction firms. Tuthill searched for an efficient way to lift the clay from the quarry floor and deliver the company's bricks to construction sites. In the early 1920's, his inquiries turned up a new transportation idea—a steam-powered truck engine.

The design of the engine proved unworkable, but Tuthill recognized the value of the engine's only practical feature: a small, internal gear pump which injected fuel oil directly into the truck boiler. Tuthill refined the pump design and marketed it to companies that produced oil-fired boilers for use in residential and industrial heating. In 1927 the Tuthill Pump Company (TPC) was formed by James B. Tuthill and Gray B Tuthill to manufacture and sell lube and oil burner pumps. The Tuthill internal gear pump was well accepted and proved itself successful and thus became the foundation for today's Tuthill Corporation.

With this legacy and competency in the fluid transfer product offerings, Tuthill acquired Ossian Engineering Company in 1961 which resulted in the introduction of the Fill-Rite branded fuel and meter product lines. In 1995 Tuthill Transfer Systems broke ground on their new state-of-the art production facility on Aviation Drive in Fort Wayne, IN. where to this day continues to manufacture world-class products with a commitment to U.S. based manufacturing.

1996 also saw the creation of a new line of pumps and meters in the TTS family. While the Fill-Rite brand was for use in fuel transfer applications, Sotera Systems was formed to provide quality agricultural chemical transfer. Based on the new electric 400 series dual diaphragm pumps, Sotera quickly became a staple in the farming community. Transferring agricultural chemicals from totes or barrels to spray equipment and was made safer, easier, and quicker with the new pumps. They also proved to be excellent pumps for light industrial chemical applications.

In 1998 Tuthill Transfer Systems augmented its core pumps and meter offerings by making another acquisition – the purchase of Fluid Power Products, Inc. (FPP). This product line, now known as Sotera Precision Meters extends the capabilities of pumps by offering highly accurate, weights and measures compatible metering systems for the transfer of a wide range of fuels, liquids, oils, and chemicals.

TTS continues to develop its core competency providing rugged, high performance, chemical transfer pumps and meters that have continuously enjoyed a leadership position for the past 50 years. Tuthill Transfer Systems is now celebrating 50 Years of Excellence providing the industries best fluid transfer products in the world.

Mission Statement

The TTS team is a Global Leader in manufacturing high value products and systems for dispensing fluids in industries foundational to the basic needs of the world.