Our History

Innovative solutions for over 70 years

In 1940, Tom Hartness purchased the Pepsi Bottling rights in Greenville, SC, which led to the development of his first case packer. Since then, we have evolved into a total packaging solutions provider with over 100 patents and installations throughout the world.

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1940

Tom Hartness acquires the Pepsi-Cola franchise in Greenville, South Carolina.

1945

Tom Hartness develops his first case packer.

1972

Tom Hartness founds Hartness Engineering (with sons Pat and Bobby) to design and manufacture case packing equipment for the soft drink industry.

1974

Hartness International introduces the rigid corner plastic finger grid system, the genesis of the industry’s first packer.

1976

Hartness develops the Model 100, its first fully automatic case packer for the soft drink industry.

1979

Hartness begins development of the industry’s first servo case packer.

1982

The Hartness 800 Series is introduced and becomes the foundation for the Hartness Case Packer product line.

1987

New world HQ is opened in Greenville, SC with 96,000 sq. ft. and shortly thereafter expanded to 156,00 sq. ft.

1996

The Octopack is patented, and introduces new generation of high speed continuous motion packers.

1998

The DYNAC is created, representing a dramatic change in accumulation and line control strategies. Hartness DYNAC System is created.

1999

Pat Hartness creates the GlobalPack, a rotary packer designed to operate 20,000 hours without major service.

2003

Hartness International Integration is launched in order to meet the ever-expanding needs of our customers.

2004

Hartness Conveyor is launched to enable Hartness to provide turnkey and fully integrated solutions.

2005

Hartness introduces a new GlobalShrink which is to become the industry standard for shrink wrapping.

2008

Hartness launches DCL-Dry Conveyor Lube, and other Sustainable Solutions.

2009

Hartness is acquired by Illinois Tool Works.

2013

Hartness expands end-of-line offering with mid and high speed wraparound for beverage, food and personal care. Adds Retail Ready packaging capability.

2014

New circular DYNAC 6500 and 6900 buffers are introduced offering higher speed and enhanced precise product handling for both bottles and cartons.

2015

7100FT Flow Through design added to the DYNAC mass flow accumulation offering.

2018

Hartness names Tim Hudson as Vice President & General Manger.

2019

Hartness expands operations by moving to a brand new 256,000 sq. ft. facility in Greenville, SC.

The company rebrands to the name ITW Hartness.