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Founded in 1901, Filtrine Manufacturing Company has been an industry leader and provides custom engineering solutions for drinking water, purification and process chilling applications with a focus on sustainability. The company culture embraces innovation, customization, building durable equipment that can work in challenging conditions, and a dedicated workforce including a network of representatives throughout the world.

Filtrine® products are engineered and built with pride in the USA. Its brands include Taste Master®, LeadMiser™, Steri Flo®, and INDESTRUCT™. Filtrine has the best warranties in the business and is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

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Filtrine Firsts 

For over 100 years Filtrine has developed many innovative filtration, drinking water and chiller products. In celebration of 100 years of family ownership, Filtrine created a company history wall featuring many contributions to the chiller and drinking water industry. 

 

Here is a sampling of Filtrine's filtration, chiller and drinking water industry firsts shown on the history wall:

1918    
OLD OAKEN BUCKET FILTER/COOLER

After the Hansel family took over, the first filling station was born using the Filtrine K-System (named for George Kneuper’s filter design), purifying city water for office buildings and using ice for chilling.

Filtrine old oaken barrel water filling station


1925    
REMOTE TYPE FILTRINE WATER COOLER

Filtrine invented the storage type electric cooling system. The storage design is still in use today, not only for drinking water but also industrial, medical and bakery processes.

First storage type electric cooling system


1938    
PACKAGED CIRCULATING CHILLED FILTERED DRINKING WATER SYSTEM

Developed by Filtrine, the first factory packaged chilled water system provides a dedicated line of chilled filtered water circulated to all the drinking fountains in office buildings and institutions.

First factory packaged chilled water system


1948    
IN-WALL REMOTE DRINKING WATER COOLER

Filtrine built the first in-wall remote drinking water cooler and called it WAL-PAK™. Located out of sight in the wall, this feature was much appreciated by architects.

First In-wakk remote drinking wate cooler Wal-Pak


1952    
STAINLESS STEEL DRINKING FOUNTAIN

The first commercially available stainless steel drinking fountain, Model 101, was built by Filtrine. This material soon became the standard to replace porcelain drinking fountains across the US.

First stainless steel drinking fountain


1954    
MOBILE WATER COOLER

First trailer mounted mobile water cooler with filter/dechlorinators that could be moved from place to place by truck was designed by Filtrine. It was built to operate in all weather conditions.

First Mobile Drinking water cooler


1956    
BRONZE DRINKING FOUNTAINS

Filtrine began building bronze drinking water fountains that are still unique in the industry today and installed in law offices, corporate headquarters, museums and churches around the world.

First Bronze Drinking Fountain


1960    
VANDAL PROOF DRINKING FOUNTAINS

The first vandal proof, prank proof drinking fountains with special features were created by Filtrine for schools, prisons and other applications.

First Vandal Proof Drinking Fountain


1963    
TIMELESS ELEGANCE COLLECTION

Filtrine introduced a new collection of fine drinking water fountains, including the marble fountain, to inspire architects. The drinking fountain became a feature of interior design rather than just a fixture.

Timeless Elegance Collection of Marble Drinking Fountains


1967    
ELECTRIC WATER COOLER LIFETIME WARRANTY

Filtrine bought the Larco brand from Century Brass Works and proceeded to redesign their electric water cooler models. Built to last for industrial applications, they were so durable they were covered by the first Lifetime Warranty (LTW) for electric water coolers.

Filtrine Redesigned Larco Electric Water Cooler


1972    
NO FAN NOISELESS DRINKING WATER CHILLER

The first no fan noiseless drinking water fountain chiller was developed by Filtrine. The quiet operation was welcomed by architects and engineers and became popular with building owners.

No Fan Noiseless Drinking Water Fountain


1985
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CHILLERS

Filtrine began to design its chillers for specific medical equipment models such as MRIs, CT scanners, linear accelerators and more. Filtrine has partnered with Elekta, GE Healthcare, Hitachi Medical Systems, Philips Healthcare, Picker, Siemens, Varian and more.

Filtrine-medical-chillers-designed-for-medical-equipment


2000    
REFRIGERANT UPGRADE

Concerned about the impact to the environment, Filtrine changed its chiller refrigerant to HFC which has zero ozone depletion potential.

HCF refrigerant-per-Montreal-protocol


2013    
CALIFORNIA SPECIAL SEISMIC CERTIFICATION PREAPPROVAL (OSP) FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Filtrine OSP medical chiller models have been PRE-approved for OSHPD Special Seismic Certification by the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development Facilities Development Division.

OSHPD Pre-certification for medical chillers


2016    
SUSTAINABLE WOODEN FOUNTAIN

The Model 108-WD wooden drinking fountain was created with a circle of cherry wood around a bronze bowl.

Filtrine wooden and bronze drinking fountain


UNIQUE HISTORIC STYLE OUTDOOR DUAL BOTTLE FILLING STATION
Designed to be installed in historic squares, the Model B131-CP bottle filling station echoes the style of antique lampposts and monuments.

Filtrine Historical Style Dual Bottle Filling Station


2017    
HFO REFRIGERANT FOR CHILLER OPERATION

Filtrine changed its chiller refrigerant to HFO which in addition to zero ozone depletion potential also has up to 50% less GWP (Global Warming Potential).

HFO Eco-friendly Refrigerant - 50% less GWP
 

WARRANTY: Filtrine warrants to the original buyer that Filtrine drinking water equipment is free from defects in material and workmanship. The time period is specified in the manual shipped with the equipment.

Craftmanship is paramount at Filtrine. Each employee in production is rigorously trained to adhere to Filtrine’s high manufacturing standards. Shown here: Steve is setting up a piece of sheet metal in Filtrine's Strippit.
Steve setting up sheet metal on the strippit machine