History

A Legacy of Excellence

Wilson Greatbatch, co-inventor of the first successful implanted pacemaker, founded Greatbatch, Inc. in 1970 to develop long-lived primary batteries to fuel pacemakers. His passion for reliability and innovation is the foundation for Greatbatch’s full portfolio of capabilities and offerings. We manufacture to customer and best-practice specifications. We deliver comprehensive consulting expertise and assembly services. Every day, Greatbatch supports and empowers its customers in their pursuit of revolutionary technology solutions.

Milestones

1954
Globe Tool and Manufacturing, Inc. founded in Minneapolis, MN
1962
Mr. Wilson Greatbatch patented implantable pacemaker in Buffalo, NY
1962
Hittman Materials & Medical Components Inc. founded in Columbia, MD
1970
Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. founded in Clarence, NY
1972
First lithium iodine pacemaker battery implanted
1975
First metal-ceramic feedthrough implanted
1979
Commerical division started
1987
First lithium SVO ICD battery implanted
1997
Wilson Greatbatch Technologies, Inc. created
1998
Hittman Materials & Medical Components Inc. acquired by WGT
1999
First wet tantalum capacitor implanted
2000
IPO of WGT on NYSE
2001
Sierra-KD acquired by WGT
2002
Globe Tool and Manufacturing, Inc. acquired by WGT
2004
NanoGram Devices Corporation acquired by WGT
2005
WGT becomes Greatbatch, Inc.
2005
Opened two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Alden, NY, and Tijuana, MX
2005
First QHR high-rate battery implanted
2006
First QMR medium-rate battery qualified
2007
Greatbatch acquires BIOMEC Inc., Enpath Medical®, Inc., Intellisensing LLC, Quan Emerteq LLC and Engineered Assemblies Corporation (EAC)
2008
Precimed®, S.A. acquired by Greatbatch