It all started in 1907 when Gabriel founder Claude Foster received a U.S. Patent for his direct acting shock absorber, “The Snubber.” Since that time, the Gabriel brand has been behind numerous technological “firsts” in the suspension and ride control industry, and is still considered an industry leader today.
In 2007, Gabriel shocks and struts will join an elite club of iconic American brands in celebrating its 100th anniversary. And we want you, our loyal customer, to join us in celebrating such a distinguished milestone. So be on the lookout for special promotions, events and once-every-hundred-year deals that you just won’t be able to pass up.
But know that even while we celebrate, we won’t be standing still - we’ve got the next 100 year journey squarely in our sights. Hope to see you along the way.
In 1900, Claude Foster, a pioneer in the automotive parts industry, founded a company in Cleveland, Ohio, that was named after its first product, Gabriel horns for horse-driven carriages. Foster later developed the first shock absorbing device, the “Snubber,” for which he was granted the first U.S. patent for a direct acting shock absorber in 1907.
The company continued to prosper in the suspension business and sold direct acting shock absorbers to both the OEM and replacement markets.
In the early 1960’s the Maremont Corporation purchased the Gabriel Company and started construction of a new shock absorber manufacturing operation in Pulaski, Tennessee. The Cleveland operation was closed and the new Pulaski operation became a modern facility producing all of Gabriel’s shock absorber requirements.
A second production and distribution facility was opened in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in the early 1970’s, and the Pulaski operation was phased out and transitioned to a new world-class facility in Queretaro, Mexico, in 2001. In addition to the Oklahoma and Mexico manufacturing and distribution centers, a corporate headquarters is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s the Gabriel name became synonymous with technology-advanced products such as Hijackers and Striders. In 1978, Gabriel introduced the first gas charged shock absorber developed and produced in the U.S. Struts were added to the product line in the early 1980’s and the company became a strong competitor worldwide.
During the 1970’s and 1980’s strong consumer advertising programs led Gabriel to market share equal to the only other major U.S. shock supplier in the U.S. Throughout the 1990’s and into the 2000’s, Gabriel has become the standard for service in the replacement markets and continues to expand on a global basis.