Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. pioneered the introduction of the safety fuse for mining and military explosives.

William Bickford invented his “Miner’s Safety Fuse” in 1831 in Tuckingmill, Cornwall, England where he worked as a leather merchant. Mr. Bickford’s invention was not made for any material gain, but in the spirit of saving lives. The company’s founder, Joseph Toy, laid the foundations of the business that would dominate the fuse industry.

Company Timeline

1836

Company founded by William Bickford in Simsbury, CT, producing the world's first safety fuse for mining saving hundreds of lives annually.

1937

Primacord® detonating cord is trademarked.

1952

Establishment of Ensign-Bickford Foundation supporting a variety of local causes.

1978

Confined Detonating Cord is pioneered for use on the Space Shuttle.

1999

Acquisition of AFB, the global science and technology leader in pet food palatability.

2010

Acquisition of EnviroLogix®, a global market leader and manufacturer of fast, effective and easy-to-use analytical technology for every lab, in every field.

2017

Acquisition of Honeybee Robotics, Ltd., an R&D engineering company that builds unique solutions for customer challenges, on Earth and in space.

2017

Acquisition of TiNi Aerospace, Inc., the foremost manufacturer of mechanisms employing Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) materials used in solutions from deep sea to deep space.

2018

Acquisition of Avior Control Technologies, Inc is a full-service custom motor and motion control company servicing space, aerospace, and down-hole industries.