desktop...

Mostly Cloudy
25°FMostly CloudyFull Forecast

Ill. street cleaner manufacturer marks 100 years

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 6:30 a.m. CST

ELGIN (AP) — A suburban Chicago company that builds street sweepers is marking a century in the business.

The Elgin Courier-News reports (http://bit.ly/MOeWPp ) Elgin Sweeper was honored by the city council earlier this month.

John Murphy started the company in 1913 when first he tested an "auto-street-sweeper" on Walnut Avenue in Elgin.

Street cleaners with names like "Broom Badger" and "Road Wizard" are now used in 90 countries around the world. Today, the company employs about 350 people. It's the second largest company of its kind worldwide.

Mike Higgins is the general manager for Elgin Sweeper. He says the company makes a lot of its own parts, and most of the machines are made in Elgin.

The company touts its sweepers as the "toughest" and "most rugged" on the market.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More News

 

National video



Reader Poll

When was the last time you visited someone in a nursing home?
Within the past week
Within the past month
Within the past year
Longer ago than a year
Never