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Pioneer in Alignment Technology John Bean is one of the world's leading brands of garage equipment for garages, tyre shops and body repair service. The company's roots date back to a retired inventor, John Bean. In Snap-on Corporation acquired the successful automotive equipment division from FMC and renamed it John Bean, honouring the original founder and visionary inventor.
Other makers Benches, Cabinets and History - U. Produced with similar components to the stand-alone oil pumps, the Service Salesman was the only merchandiser that was offered in a two-tone enamel scheme. It had a single counter-balanced pull-down door, parts washer, and a hidden waste cute for soiled rags.
The company began making cars in and diversified into light commercial vehicles in For a few years in the early s Bean outsold Austin and Morris. Bean suffered financial difficulties and the steel-maker Hadfields Limited took it over in
FMC got its started in when inventor John Bean developed an innovative insecticide pump. The name was changed from the John Bean Manufacturing Company to the Food Machinery Corporation in when the company got into the canning machinery business. The company kept adding mechanized products and eventually started producing amphibious vehicles for the military.
Upon advice of his doctor, John Bean retired to a more healthful climate in and settled in the little village of Los Gatos on the western side of the Santa Clara Valley in California. Here he bought ten acres of almond orchard and found that he had to spray for an insect that threatened to eliminate the whole orchard. Unable to find a satisfactory sprayer and being an inventive man with several patents in his name, he soon perfected a sprayer with an air chamber which revolutionized the orchard sprayer business. First demonstrated at the California State Fair inthe demand for this sprayer forced the little Company to leave Los Gatos and move to San Jose, about ten miles away.
And yet, if you knew him, it seems perfectly fitting that John Withee became a legend championing bean biodiversity and seeking to protect heirloom beans from extinction. It also seems fitting that John took his hobby to the extreme, building a national network of bean aficionados, amassing a collection of 1, varieties, and gaining national fame for his humble campaign… that is it seems fitting, if you knew the man. John Withee was an adventurer, a photographer, a dedicated family man, and yes, a bean collector.