Richard Teller Crane and his brother, in their early twenties, opened a foundry in a small corner of his uncle’s Chicago lumberyard in 1855. They produced plumbing supplies, engine parts for trains, and products devoted to steam power. During the Civil War, Crane provided the Union Government with brass fittings, saddle materials, plates, knobs, spurs and wagon equipment. In 1866, the company was selling plumbing fixtures, fire hydrants, water pumps, fans, steam engines and beer barrels, to name a few products. In 2005, a capital equity firm bought Crane and in 2008 American Standard merged with Eljer and Crane to form American Standard Brands.
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