In 1896, Wilmot Stephens founded The Stephens Company in Binghamton, NY. “Stephen’s Climbers” were handcrafted in his blacksmith shop and formed the genesis of entire product lines serving linemen and arborists. Several years later in 1913, W.H Buckingham purchased The Stephens Company and changed the name to what is now known as Buckingham Manufacturing Co., Inc. At that point in time, manufacturing was expanded beyond climbers to include linemen’s body belts, safety straps, climber pads, knives, and other tools.
Andy Batty Jr. and a new management team took ownership in 1984 and grew the company substantially over the next several decades, solidifying Buckingham’s role as the world’s leading and most trusted manufacturer of equipment for major electric utilities, telecommunications companies, wireless and cable providers, and arborists. Today, Andy and his son Tim continue to guide the company and have expanded, improved, and introduced new products; built, maintained, and grew a robust sales and distribution system that spans the globe, and introduced new technology to the industries Buckingham serves as well as its own production facility.
According to a catalog from the 1940’s, “Mr. Buckingham always demanded the utmost in fine workmanship and made no compromise with quality.” That laser-like focus on quality remains today amongst a continually growing and dedicated workforce at the same exact Binghamton, NY location.
Buckingham’s definition of quality is giving the customer exactly what they order and expect. In support of our definition of quality, Buckingham and its employees are committed to:
- Manufacturing products that are high-quality, reliable, and with ZERO defects.
- Listening to and working closely with our customers to improve upon quality, service, and product development.
- On time delivery
- Consistently increasing performance across every aspect of our company.
- Continuously challenging ourselves to improve the quality management system to guarantee product quality and eliminate defects through the implementation of a series of objectives and results.
Commitment to this policy starts at the top – starting with our President and General Manager – and is embodied across every facet of Buckingham and its employees.