Ashcroft Inc., Stratford, Conn., celebrates its 160th anniversary in 2012. The company was founded in 1852, when the burgeoning use of steam power led Edward Ashcroft to produce his first revolutionary "Bourdon tube" pressure gauge. With the growing need for accurate and reliable instrumentation, Ashcroft gauges soon became a staple on board steam ships, railroad locomotives and in industries throughout North America.

In 2012, Ashcroft Inc. produces electronic and mechanical instruments under the Ashcroft, Heise, Weksler and Willy brands. An international network includes manufacturing, assembly and distribution operations. For more information, visit