A Century of Inspiring Progress
Ingersoll-Rand traces its roots back to 1871, when Simon Ingersoll developed the first practical steam-powered rock drill. The company soon switched to air for power and, in 1902, introduced the world’s first portable air compressor. In 1912, the company introduced the first oil-free compressor.
Over the next century, the brand demonstrated leadership in introducing new products and innovations that have significantly improved the way its customers do business. The Ingersoll Rand brand reflects the company’s promise to product excellence, reliability, and leadership—a commitment that will be carried out through the years to come.