Fulton’s founder, Lewis Palm, was a pioneer in the engineering of steam equipment for the laundry and dry cleaning markets. In a small garage next to his home in Fulton, New York, Lewis invented the first Vertical Tubeless Boiler in 1949. Upon the receipt of his first sale, Lewis tied the boiler to the trunk of his car and drove it hundreds of miles from New York to Michigan.
Within just a few short years, this same boiler would become the most popular model on the market for dry cleaners and launderers nationally -- and the company founded as a result of that first sale would include approximately 70 employees and a manufacturing facility in Oswego, New York. The all-male staff who fabricated Fulton boilers were ingenuity experts, producing an extraordinarily high number of boilers annually – approximately 2,000 - in an era before high-tech tools and technology were implemented to streamline production.
The latest innovations and newest technologies continued to capture Lewis’ interest and steered the direction of Fulton’s growth. Meanwhile, Lewis’ son, Ronald, had entered the family business with an eye for expanding product lines. In the 1970s, Ronald began to develop a version of a thermal fluid heater that was to be the backbone of emerging growth at Fulton. Ronald’s heater incorporated the interaction of fluid spinning at high velocity with high-spin flame, hooked up to a hose to monitor the progression of fluid entry. Eventually he integrated coils into the design, obtained a patent, and founded Fulton Thermal Corporation, Inc. in 1974.
Lewis’ grandson and Ronald’s son, Bram, joined the team in the 1980s, bringing a third generation of renewed dedication to innovative technologies at Fulton. Bram continues to place a strong emphasis on Research & Development, energy efficiencies, global impact, and environmental responsibility.