The old Cole Hersee Company has become the Commercial Vehicles Products division of another long-established company, Littelfuse, Inc, which now manufactures and markets reliable devices under the well-recognised Cole Hersee brand.
Cole Hersee has been manufacturing reliable electrical switches for vehicles in Boston for close to 90 years, and throughout our history we've been recognized for our innovative products. Some of our innovative switches have been awarded patents (such as the one shown above granted in 1916).Many of the electrical and electronic switches and connectors we make today are specified by OEMs, or used as high-quality replacement parts.
Although we take 1924 as the date when Cole Hersee was established our antecedents go back even further to the dawn of the automobile age: The Henry Cole Company of Boston was founded in 1914, as a manufacturer of lamp sockets and other equipment, and the FC Hersee Company was an old-established machine shop. The resources of these companies were combined in the 1930s and the company name changed in 1941 to the brand name that is synonymous today with high quality: Cole Hersee.
In the old days, switches were switches. They were installed on any vehicle, and our switches were fitted into cars, trucks, farm tractors, boats, and even airplanes. Nowadays our focus is more specialized to heavy vehicles, not including the automobile or aerospace industries. Throughout our history, the company has pioneered the development of hundreds of new products and collaborated on many industry standards that are essential to the industry today.