Our History

Over 110 years strong and forging ahead!

Benjamin F. Barnes of Rockford, Illinois had no idea when he started Barnes Drill in 1907 that a 110 years later it would grow into the international respected leader of customized engineered filtration equipment.

about Barnes

Barnes Drill Co.

The company started off as a drill and tapping company that serviced the automotive industry with a variety of equipment. In the late 1950’s, Barnes was the first machine tool builder to apply numerical controls to metalworking drills and boring machines. With automotive finishing requirements becoming more exact for engine cylinder bores, Barnes developed an abrasive process of honing for machining all types of bores to a very precise tolerance and surface finish. This innovation led the company to abandon the drills and push forth, and then in the 1980’s under the Gollob family ownership, Barnes became involved in super abrasive honing with an alliance of a West German company. These honing innovations created finite metal particles, sending them into the coolant and a need arose for cleaner coolant during the machining process.

Clean coolant has always been a requirement dating back to the 1950’s when Barnes introduced the magnetic separators to remove metallic sludge.

Due to the new issues presented by superabrasive honing, Barnes continued to improve the filtration products and added another alliance with Mosnic in Japan for the Kleenall filter line focused on chip removal.

Barnes in the 1950’s

This was also the time when Barnes changed its name to Barnes International to reflect the global reach of its products.

The decision to exit the honing business and focus solely on the filtration business was made in 2004.

Since that decision, through acquisition as well as internal development, Barnes International can deliver filters with gravity, vacuum and pressure technologies. The company is unique in its ability to produce very large central systems for a whole plant in addition to delivering individual filters for an individual cutting machine.

Barnes International is the recognized leader in providing the highest quality coolant filtration products and service to the major US automotive companies as well as the aerospace, agriculture and general machine tool industries.

Safety Policy

The policy of Barnes International, Inc. is that every employee is entitled to a safe and healthful employment. We pledge to provide a workplace that is safe, with the proper equipment, materials, and training necessary to perform your job in a safe manner. Barnes International, Inc. is dedicated to complying with all International, National, and local safety and health regulations.

Management recognizes the importance of health and safety prevention and considers this a primary responsibility. Employees and managers must cooperate to make this policy effective. By working together, we can make sure that our work environment continues to be productive and safe.

1907

Barnes Drill Company Founded

1920

1st Vertical Honing Machine Introduced

1940

Introduction of MCS 620

1950’s

1st Combination Magnetic and Fabric Filter Introduced

1960’s

1st Electric Hone Expansion

1970’s

Cyclonic & Combination
Magnetic/Cyclonic Filters Patented

Gollob Family Purchased Barnes

1980’s

Immersed Drum Filter Patented

Mosnic/Syst Chip Filter Manufactured

Series 30 Filter Introduced

2007

Barnes Acquires Superior Filtration

2009

Barnes Acquires Advanced Filtration Concepts

2013

Barnes Acquires Henry Filters

2016

Barnes Acquires GI. PI.