Our Legacy

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JBT has a long history of leadership in the industries we serve.

Bean Spray Pump Company

1880s

  • John Bean invents a continuous spray pump to battle scale in his almond orchards.

1900s

  • The company grows and David Crummey, John Bean's son-in-law, incorporates the Bean Spray Pump Company and begins large-scale manufacturing.

1920s

  • Anderson-Barngrover develops the world’s first continuous rotary pressure sterilizer for processing low acid foods such as vegetables, milk and soup, paving the way for dramatic growth in the canning industry.
  • John Bean Manufacturing Company is listed on the San Francisco Stock Exchange.
  • Bean and Anderson-Barngrover merge to form the largest food machinery manufacturing company in the world at the time and is soon renamed Food Machinery Corporation (FMC). 

FMC Logo 19471930s

  • FMC develops the first automated citrus juice extractors.
  • FMC becomes the world's largest manufacturer of equipment for handling fruits, vegetables, milk, fish and meat, as well as the industry leader in turbine pump sales. 

1940s

  • FMC unveils the inline juice extractor – a revolutionary concept leading to high yields and excellent juice quality, it helped to create the citrus juice industry as it is known today.
  • In the post-war boom, FMC introduces continuous freezers, enabling assembly-line production of pre-packaged frozen foods while making advancements in the sterilization of canned foods.

1950s

  • FMC develops the world’s first commercial conveyorized breading machine.
  • FMC’s Jetway® Apron Drive Passenger Boarding Bridges revolutionize the airline passenger boarding process.

1960s

  • FMC creates the first mobile de-icing system, developed from a John Bean spray pump.
  • The first Frigoscandia GYRoFreeze® spiral freezer is delivered, increasing the amount of food frozen in a single unit.
  • FMC citrus juice extractors introduced in Brazil, helping it become the largest global producer of orange juice today.
  • FMC develops the Flite-Line loader, a cargo handling system for the new containerized generation of jet aircraft, as well as the Flite-Line deicer, capable of deicing the largest jet liner in just 10 minutes. 

1970s

  • FMC’s Airline Equipment Division grows to see its container and pallet loaders used by 35 airlines throughout the world.
  • The Frigoscanida GYRoCOMPACT® self-stacking spiral freezer is introduced.
  • LOG-TEC® Process Management System becomes the first computerized food processing record keeping system unconditionally accepted by FDA and USDA. 

FMC Technologies1980s

  • FMC’s first bulk aseptic tank farm process is commercialized, leading to development of Florida’s not from concentrate market.
  • FMC builds a new aviation equipment manufacturing facility in Orlando, Florida and acquires a second dedicated manufacturing facility for aviation equipment in Madrid, Spain; products include belt loaders, loaders, baggage tractors and carts.
  • FMC introduces the Commander loader system for wide pallet requirements and introduces the new Heliroll® conveyor system.
  • FMC deploys its first Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) system.

1990s

  • The first high pressure waterjet DSI Portioning System is introduced by FMC for poultry applications.
  • FMC develops the THERMoFIN® Fryer introducing a high-capacity and energy-efficient conveyorized system that enabled the cooking of high-quality food products, while reducing operating costs.
  • FMC acquires Jetway Systems®, the world’s leading manufacturer of gate equipment, particularly passenger boarding bridges.
  • FMC introduces the first point-of-use pre-conditioned air unit, providing cooling for aircraft while parked at the gate – reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
  • FMC buys Frigoscandia Equipment, solidifying its place as the leading provider of food processing technologies.

JBT Corporation2000s

  • FMC Airport Services is formed to provide dedicated maintenance for airline and airport handling equipment, as well as facilities maintenance, airport planning and apron management systems.
  • FMC Airport Services re-enters the military market with the design and development of the Halvorsen loader, selected by the USAF to replace all other 25K cargo loaders.
  • FMC splits into two companies – a machinery and equipment business (FMC Technologies) and a chemicals business (FMC Corporation).
  • FMC Technologies purchases Northfield Freezing Systems, the North American leader in bakery freezing.
  • JBT Corporation is founded and introduced on the New York Stock Exchange (JBT) in 2008; FMC FoodTech and FMC AeroTech are rebranded as JBT FoodTech and JBT AeroTech.
  • JBT acquires Scotland based Double D Food Engineering, a leader in custom built ovens.

2010-2012

  • JBT AeroTech opens a new manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China for the manufacture of Jetway® gate equipment.
  • JBT FoodTech launches PRoCARE™ preventive maintenance program in Europe.
  • JBT FoodTech develops a full line of equipment for mixing, pasteurizing, container filling and package closing to meet the challenges of the pulp processing market.
  • JBT AeroTech announces a partnership with Swisslog to develop and manufacture advanced Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for hospitals worldwide. 
  • JBT AeroTech opens new facility in Kunshan, China to manufacture Snow Panther™ deicer and Commander™ 15i cargo loaders.

2013-Today

  • JBT names Thomas W. Giacomini President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • JBT implements Next Level growth strategy based on three goals: fix, strengthen and grow.  
  • In 2014, JBT acquires Formcook AB, ICS Solutions and Wolf-tec to strengthen its leadership position in the food processing industry. 
  • JBT expands it Kunshan, China facility to manufacture FoodTech and AeroTech products.
  • In 2015, JBT acquires Stork Food & Dairy System (SF&DS) and A&B Process Systems to expand our presence in the liquid foods market. 
  • In 2016, JBT purchases Cooling and Applied Technologies (C.A.T.), TIPPER TIE and Novus X-Ray. 
  • During 2016, JBT achieved materially all its Next Level goals a full year in advance of plan and announced the next step on its journey by presenting it Elevate Strategic Plan (link to page 7 of 2016 annual report).  
  • In 2017, JBT acquired Avure Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of high pressure processing (HPP) systems.