Puritan Bennett™ Ventilation
A History of Innovation 1913 - 2013
In 1913, Parker B. Francis starts the Oxygen Gas Company in Kansas City, Kansas, for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing oxygen and hydrogen. In the 1920s, the company became known as the Kansas City Oxygen Company. In 1931, the company became the Puritan Compressed Gas Corporation, and later, The Puritan Company.
In the early 1940s, V. Ray Bennett founded V. Ray Bennett and Associates in Santa Monica, Calif., after serving in the Air Force during World War II. During this decade, he developed innovations such as the Bennett valve, a gas delivery mechanism that featured a jeweled pneumatic valve, and the Bennett Resuscitator unit. He made significant contributions to the treatment of polio in the Los Angeles area.
In 1956, The Puritan Company acquired V. Ray Bennett and Associates Ventilator Company.
In 1957, the company became Puritan Bennett Respiration Products, and its ventilators are showcased in this display.
Photo credit: Francis Family Foundation