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The history of the E. B. Atmus Company is woven into the history of its home city of Springfield, Massachusetts —and also intertwined with some of the most important industrial innovations of the city—the country—the century. Springfield has several nicknames — The City of Firsts, The City of Homes, (due to its often spectacular Victorian residential architecture), and The Birthplace of Basketball.

 

The birth of E. B. Atmus Co.

Emil Berthold Atmus

“I remember that my mother was in the hospital delivering my brother, Rudolf, when my father, Emil Berthold Atmus, told her he wanted to buy a business. This was in 1919." - Interview with Dorothy Atmus Mulvey, 2011.

At that time, E. B. Atmus was working as a plant manager for American Bosch – later Bosch Automation. To this day, E. B. Atmus Co. still represents Bosch Rexroth products and counts it among its valued suppliers. The business that E. B. Atmus bought in 1919 was called Motor Parts Service and it was located on the corner of Winter and Chestnut Streets in Springfield, across from the Kimball Hotel.

Between 1925-1927, soon after the name was changed to E. B. Atmus Co., the fledgling enterprise moved to a new location on Chestnut Street across from the YMCA . Despite the name change, the product line remained much the same: motor (car) parts, primarily sourced from United Motors/GM/ACDelco engine parts. For the most part, E.B. Atmus’ customers were car dealers and gas stations/garages throughout New England. The company added branch offices in Boston, Providence and Hartford during this period as well as kiosks in various locations. Although E.B. Atmus struggled along with the rest of the country (and the world) during the 1930’s, closing the branch offices and consolidating operations in Springfield, a steady demand for motor parts and service as people repaired their cars instead of replacing them with new ones kept them going at a time when many small businesses failed.

E.B. Atmus store frontThe World War II era, with the tremendous growth it brought to the manufacturing sector in Springfield, particularly at the Springfield Armory, was a successful one for E. B. Atmus. It was during this period that the company moved to a new location on Dwight Street where they would remain until the mid-1960s when they purchased and moved into their current location on Main Street.

 

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