Our Story

Des-Case Corporation was founded in 1983 to provide the lubricant industry with innovative solutions to extend oil and equipment life. The original breather was the brainchild of the Company founder, Jim Waller, who responded to the request of an engineer at a major oil company looking for a way to enhance the performance and longevity of his products. As a filtration engineer by trade, Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold with this opportunity and the breather was created and put into production.

In 1996, further expansion was necessary and Des-Case moved into a manufacturing and distribution center in White House, Tennessee. Sales growth warranted a second expansion in 1997 and the Company doubled its capacity. One year later, Des-Case Europe was founded in 1998 to manage growing distribution partners in the EU. With both a growing international presence as well as the addition of subsequent product lines, the business continued to flourish, eventually warranting another move in 2007 to a larger facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The Company’s initial product offerings have been steadily enhanced throughout the years, as well as expanded upon by complementary product and service offerings.

In late 2013, Pfingsten Partners, an operationally-driven, private equity firm, invested in Des-Case Corporation, bringing to the newfound partnership a rich heritage of team-based, continuous improvement operations designed to sustain operational excellence.

For more than 30 years, the Company has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its products and service quality, dependability, and business integrity. Des-Case holds patents in the airflow design of breathers with technology that has yet to be surpassed in the marketplace.

1983

Des-Case Is Born

Des-Case Corporation is founded in 1983 to provide the lubricant industry with innovative solutions to extend oil and equipment life. The original breather was the brainchild of the Company founder, Jim Waller, who responded to the request of an engineer at a major oil company looking for a way to enhance the performance and longevity of his products.

1987

Steel & Tank Breathers

Des-Case grew the product line to include Steel and Tank breathers designed specifically for applications where there are very high temperatures, extremely polluted air, or a corrosive environment.

1996

Des-Case Expands

Des-Case moves into a manufacturing and distribution center in White House, Tennessee.

1997

Des-Case Expands Again

Sales growth warrants a second expansion in 1997 and the Company doubles its capacity.

1998

Des-Case Goes Global

Des-Case Europe is founded to manage growing distribution partners in the EU.

2000

Miniature Breathers

To protect even the smallest equipment and storage containers, Des-Case introduces miniature breathers.

2003

Hybrid Breathers

Des-Case brings Hybrid breathers to the market with interior check valve technology to isolate lubricants from extreme ambient humidity.

2004

Disposable Steel Breathers and Non-Desiccant Breathers

Des-Case launches Disposable Steel (DS) Breathers for mobile equipment and nautical applications, shortly followed by the launch of Non-Desiccant breathers for low humidity environments and continuous operations with frequent wash-downs.

2005

Filtration Systems & Adapter Kits

Des-Case broadens its product portfolio with the introduction of customizable filter carts and mating adapter kits to provide customers with solutions for ultimate equipment protection. Pairing filtration with breather protection is a natural progression for the company and the industry.

2006

Even More Filtration Systems

Des-Case begins to manufacture compact filtration systems such as the portable Drum Topper, as well as dedicated filtration systems such as the Panel Unit.

2007

Des-Case Expands Yet Again

With both a growing international presence and the addition of subsequent product lines, the business continues to flourish, warranting another move to a larger facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

2009

More Product Launches & the Addition of Services Offering

Des-Case brings more innovation to its fluid handling line with Lubricant Management Systems (LMS) ― the first of its kind in the marketplace to combine filtration, storage and breather technologies to keep lubricants clean and dry before they enter equipment. Des-Case also begins to offer Lubrication Training & Consulting services, providing practical advice and tools to companies trying to achieve lubrication best practices. The DS Breathers are redesigned and made with high impact materials for the most demanding mobile applications and launched as Extreme Duty (XD) Breathers.

2010

Lubricant Storage & Filtration Expands

To keep up with increasing demands, Des-Case designs the LT-Series LMS with both steel and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) stackable tanks. Des-Case also launches the Drum Filter Cart that filters and transfers oil from a conveniently attachable, secured drum.

2011

Larger Filtration Systems & Depth Filters

Des-Case doubles its fluid handling line with the acquisition of AMS Filtration, expanding into high-flow and high-capacity filtration systems, vacuum dehydration, drop-in filters and depth filters.

2012

Drain Port Adapter Kit

Complementing the four fill port adapter kits in this product category, the Drain Port Adapter Kit is developed to provide multiple useful components such as level indicators, sample ports and a free water sight glass when port locations are limited.

2013

Pfingsten Partners

Pfingsten Partners, an operationally-driven, private equity firm, invests in Des-Case Corporation.

2014

EX Series Breathers & Visual Oil Analysis

Des-Case launches the Extended Series breathers, combining the high air flow of the standard breathers with the check-valves of the hybrid breathers, plus a new oil mist reducing feature and more than double the desiccant. Shortly after, Des-Case acquires ESCO’s popular 3-D BullsEye™ Viewport, oil sight glasses, indicators, and oil level monitors.

2015

IsoLink™ Oil Transfer Containers

Des-Case launches IsoLink™ Oil Transfer Containers and accessories, the first of its kind to offer a complete best practices solution for contamination control when transporting oil from storage to equipment.