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History

A history of technology, a vision of innovation

 

 

1728

The General Court of the Province of Massachusetts Bay grants a ten year, exclusive patent to a group including Benjamin Faneuil and Thomas Hancock (John Hancock's uncle) to manufacture paper in the Province.  Production was begun on the Neponset River and has continued in several mills along this river to this day.

1793

Mark Hollingsworth, a papermaker and a Quaker from Delaware joined the firm.

1801

Mark forms a partnership with Edmund Tileston, also a Quaker.  They purchase the mill and continue the business, eventually buying several other mills on the Neponset.

1840

Mark mortgages his home and purchases the Revere copper works in Braintree, Massachusetts from the Paul Revere family.  With sons, John Mark and Lyman they begin producing paper, mainly using the cotton fiber of used sails purchased from the port of Boston.

1843

During a severe economic downturn, when they could not afford to buy used sails, they try making paper from used rope.  After many trials, John Mark and Lyman succeed and gained the original patent on Manila paper.

1852

Lyman purchases the West Groton, Massachusetts mill.

1870s

Manilla paper becomes a preferred insulation material for electrical wiring.

1871

Zachery T. Hollingsworth, nephew of Lyman and John Mark, buys the East Walpole, Massachusetts mill from Francis W. Bird 

1881

Zachery forms a partnership with his sales manager, Charles Vose, forming Hollingsworth & Vose.

1921

Zachery's son Valentine becomes President.

1940s

H&V enters filtration media business.

1946

Aubrey Nicholson, head of R&D, becomes President.

1956

H&V buys the Easton and Greenwich, New York mills.

1961

Valentine's son Mark becomes President.

1975

H&V builds Floyd, Virginia plant, entering the dry laid synthetics business.

1981

Apizaco, Mexico plant established.

1982

H&V purchases Winchcombe, England mill, becomes the leading producer of Absorptive Glass Mat battery separator.

1983

Gordon Moran becomes President.

1988

H&V purchases Hawkinsville, Georgia mill.

1990s

H&V developes nanofiber coating technology.

1996

H&V purchases Corvallis, Oregan glass micro fiber plant, producing fibers for HEPA filtration and for AGM battery separators.

1997

Mark's nephew, Valentine becomes President.

2000

H&V acquires Kentmere, UK Technostat filtration media operation.

2001

H&V acquires J.C. Binzer Paperfabrik of Hatzfeld, Germany.

2004

H&V builds Suzhou, China mill.

2010

H&V acquires AQF carbon filtration media business, transfers to Floyd, Virginia.

2012

H&V expands Suzhou, China mill with a new engine filter media production line.

2012

H&V wins German "Top Job" award as one of the best mid-sized employers.

2013

H&V wins Suzhou Industrial Park outstanding employer award.

2013

H&V's NanoWave filtration media wins INDA's (International Nonwoven Development Association) Most Innovative Product Award.

2014

H&V acquires Hi-Sep battery separator manufacturer, Raman FibreScience, in Mysuru, India.

2015

A new Technostat line is built at the Floyd, Virginia plant.

2015

A new NanoWave line is built at the Hatzfeld, Germany site.