Speakman Company was founded in 1869 by Allen Speakman and his brother Joseph. The business began as a small plumbing and steam fitting shop. In the 1870’s, Allen Speakman, then head of the company, found it a constant inconvenience to be unable to get the necessary plumbing supplies locally. He solved the problem by entering the wholesale plumbing supply business. In 1889, the Speakman Supply and Pipe Company officially incorporated and streamlined its name by shortening it to its present form, Speakman Company.
Between the two great wars, growth continued. In the years following the war the successful operation and expansion of the Company continued. Speakman’s entry into the safety equipment field was made with the production of our emergency shower for industrial plants. In 1968, Willard A. Speakman III became the company’s fourth President.
In 2001, the company launched the formation of three Speakman Autonomous Business Units for Plumbing Solutions, Safety Equipment and Shower Products. The Plumbing Solutions Business Unit supplies specified faucets (i.e. drinking faucet, metering faucet) and showers primarily to the commercial market. The Safety Equipment Business Unit supplies emergency eyewashes and showers and combination faucet eyewash products. The Shower Products Business Unit offers a wide range of showerheads, hand held showers and accessories for residential, hotel and commercial markets.