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1920’s Evansville, IN. Evansville Malleable Casting Company.
Founder V.S. Durbin Sr. Beginnings of the Tradition.
The name Durbin has been associated with the supply of high-quality load securement and material handling products for over 100 years. The first of these products were pulling tools produced by V.S. Durbin Sr. at his Evansville Malleable & Casting Company in Evansville, Indiana.

1911 photo of the Master Car Builders convention in Atlantic City, NJ. V.S. Durbin Sr.  Founder of Evansville Malleable Castings Co. (Far Right)
By 1913, V.S. Durbin Sr. patented the “steam coupler” which was modified and used during WWI. A newer version was patented in 1916 which provided great advancements in the way the locking mechanism could be actuated as well as stronger support for the coupling mechanisms.
V.S. Durbin Sr. patented Automatic Train Pipe Coupling July 4th 1916.  VSD Sr. had four other patents in his lifetime.

In 1938, “V.S. “ Took” Durbin Jr. established Durbin & Company whose initial products were cast boiler heating equipment and malleable cast products encompassing load binders which were sold primarily to farm and hardware jobbers, industrial distributors, and the US Army during WWII.

1940’s Durbin & Company in one of their
“close-quarters” production areas.

1940’s Durbin and Company preparing freight-car quantities of Load Binders for the US Army during WWII.

1940’s Durbin & Company Binder Assembly Work

Durbin Durco late 1940’s to early ‘50’s - production Plant St. Louis, MO.
In 1947, Durbin Durco was incorporated.  New patents and product lines were added and the company grew quickly so that by the 1970’s there were five plants in the USA. In 1976, “Took” Durbin died which eventually led to the demise of the company in 1992 and the sale of Durbin Durco’s assets, including its trade name. During “Took” Durbin’s lifetime his company(S) would hold seven patents of which three were directly held in his name.

1954 Durbin Durco office photo of V.S. “Took” Durbin Jr.
pictured with his two brothers “Bus” and “Dee” Durbin.

1969 photo taken at 1435 Woodson Rd. St. Louis, MO. Founder of Durbin Durco, Inc. V.S. “Took” Durbin Jr. (2nd row from top – left) and his 7 sons as well as the employees from one of the plants.

The Dawn of Durabilt
In 1994, Thomas J. Durbin, 7th son of V.S. “Took” Durbin Jr., started Durabilt in St. Louis, MO. Durabilt’s first product was a load binder and first customer was one of the original customers of Durbin & Company dated back to 1940.

Photo of V.S. “Took” Durbin & son “T.J.” Durbin
holding a sign meaning that at the age of 16 “TJ” would be eligible to work in his father’s factory.
The first two years would be the groundwork that helped shape Durabilt into what it is today. National representatives were hired and Trade Show helped the new Durabilt forge relationships that grew its business. In 1995, Durabilt was moved to Chicago which served to be very advantageous for labor, shipping, and service. Today, our qualified team markets, distributes, and services our customer’s needs from its Broadview Headquarters. Most products are assembled and warehouse in the Broadview Headquarters while some products are assembled at our other locations.
1993-1995 Durabilt St. Louis, MO

Current Broadview, IL Location

2011 Durabilt Chicago, IL.
To assure competitive pricing and availability we source completed products globally and guarantee that those components of qualified products are manufactured to Durabilt’s strict engineering specifications.
All Durabilt products may be stamped, welded, steel cast, or hot forged and come with our logo clearly visible to guarantee quality. We do not sell generically produced products.
Durabilt continues to manufacture cargo control, load securement, and material handling products to the highest standards available in the market. As always Count on Durabilt to provide an extensive line of high-end ratchet binders, tiedowns, welded chain, chain hoists, and turnbuckle ratchets. Superior Quality that comes from more than 100 years of experience serving more than 10 industries world-wide.
If you have customers that lift, pull, position, tow, drag, tie-down, or lash their products Remember Durabilt can help.