Materion History

We may be only five years old – but we’ve got hundreds of years of history.

In the marketplace and among our customers, we’re known by a single name: Materion. Yet, we’ve built who we are today because we have centuries of innovative lineage behind us. These collective efforts fuel the Materion of tomorrow.

Charles F. Brush Jr. and Dr. Charles B. Sawyer

Sawyer, a metallurgical engineer, worked with Brush to investigate the commercial potential of mineral crystals. Together the two founded Brush Laboratories Company.

Acquisition of EIS Optics in Shanghai

Materion in health care

A test strip Materion develops makes blood glucose meters easier to use.

Where we started...

Although we're Materion today, we've been known by many names over the years. On January 9, 1931, the Brush Beryllium Company officially incorporated, with a capitalized investment of $500.

Company goes public

The company makes its first public stock offering and is traded over the counter. In 1972, the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol: BW.

Acquisition of Penn Precision Products in Reading, PA

The company enters the copper beryllium rolled products business.

Acquisition of friction material producer S.K. Wellman

Shareholders vote to change the company name to Brush Wellman, which remains the primary identity until 2000, when the corporate name was changed to Brush Engineered Materials.

Acquisition of ceramics operation in Massachusetts

The purchase allows the company to begin manufacturing a new generation of beryllia ceramic electronic packages.

Acquisition of Technical Materials, Inc. (TMI) in Rhode Island

The purchase adds specialty metals to the company's portfolio.

Beryllium oxide makes its debut in radio tubes

The company's first commercial sale – an order of 50 pounds of pure beryllium oxide – was made in the early months of 1933 to the Rare Metals Manufacturing Company, which produced electric insulators in radio tubes. Other early oxide customers included the American Lava Corporation, Ken-Rad Corporation and the General Electric Company which needed the materials to manufacture refractories, spark plugs, electrical porcelains and gas mantles.

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