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Name:    Bussman Company
Profession:  Merchant
Born/Started:    1914
Description:    In 1904, five sons of a German immigrant who resided in St. Louis attended the 1904 World´s Fair. They were impressed with the lighting displays throughout the fair and decided to get involved with the new concept of electricity. One brother, Al, invested in the fuse-making business, while they were all employed by local electrical contractors. Al set up the fuse-making equipment in the basement of his family´s home in 1914 and moved to a factory in downtown St. Louis in 1915. In 1929 the brothers sold the business to McGraw Electric, which later combined with Edison and formed McGraw-Edison. In 1985, McGraw-Edison was acquired by Cooper Industries.

Throughout all these mergers, the Bussmann´s division has continued to be one of the most profitable. It is one of the world´s largest producers of circuit protection, with over 41,000 fuse types. It is now located in a 250,000 square foot facility in Ellisville, MO and serves as a worldwide distribution center, an automotive and fuse factory, and a stamping and final assembly stop.[St. Louis-Home on the River, p. 284, www.bussmann.com/about/campus]

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