Culligan History

Culligan has been improving water for over 80 years.

The Story Behind Water Softening

Since 1921, the Culligan name has been synonymous with better water. Learn more about our innovative, exciting beginning.

1921

Early Softener

1921: Early SoftenerEmmett Culligan builds a homemade water softener using two coffee cans and zeolite sand.

1936

Culligan Water Company

1921: Culligan Water CompanyCulligan opens in Northbrook, Illinois.

1938

Portable Exchange Softener

1938: Portable Exchange SoftenerCulligan introduces the portable exchange (PE) water softener by innovating lightweight tanks and carts.

1942

World War II

1921: World War IIThe government asks Culligan to produce silica gel, used to dehumidify moisture sensitive equipment.

1953

Hey Culligan Man!

1953: Hey Culligan Man!The “Hey, Culligan Man” concept is conceived.

1961

25th Anniversary

1961: 25th AnniversaryCulligan celebrates its 25th anniversary. Northbrook, Illinois temporarily renames itself “Culliganville.”

1966

Culligan Expands International

1966: Culligan Expands InternationalThe International convention was held in Berlin and welcomed 250 delegates from 19 countries.

1967

Drinking Water System

1967: Drinking Water SystemCulligan introduces the first mass-produced reverse osmosis water treatment system.

1986

50th Anniversary

1986: 50th AnniversaryCulligan celebrates 50 years in business.

1988

Bottled Water

1988: Bottled WaterCulligan made its move into bottled water for home and office, adding bottle delivery for customers.

2003

Consumer Digest Best Buy

2003: Consumer Digest Best BuyThe Gold softener sets new efficiency standards and becomes Culligan’s highest volume softener.

2008

Aqua Cleer Launched

2008: Aqua Cleer LaunchedThe Aqua Cleer RO has more than 100 configurations that allow customization for most water conditions.

2010

HE Softeners and Filters

2010: HE Softeners and FiltersCulligan releases the the Culligan® HE, the World’s most efficient water softener.

 

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