Ferris Industries began as the Uebler Milking Machine Company.
With the emerging landscaping industry, the company shifted its focus to
manufacturing commercial lawnmowers. The Ferris brand was born with the same
commitment to strong, built-to-last machinery that characterized the company’s
Ferris introduced and patented the first hydrostatic drive walk-behind mower.
The company was awarded the prestigious Innovation Award from the
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) for this breakthrough.
Ferris revolutionized the industry with the introduction of Independent Suspension
(I.S.) – the first ever Independent Suspension System for the riding mower.
I.S. Independent Suspension earned Ferris the distinguished OEMmie award for innovative engineering solutions.
Ferris became a subsidiary of Simplicity Manufacturing, Inc. Throughout the next year,
Simplicity demonstrated its commitment to the company by increasing its workforce,
completing a factory expansion, and pouring resources into product development.
Ferris introduced a new family of zero-turn mowers from 48- to 72-inches.
The largest model featured 4-wheel I.S. Independent Suspension, thereby
confirming Ferris’ position in the industry as Commercial Mower Specialist™.
Ferris achieved a new level of speed and performance with the introduction of the
IS® 5000Z. This was the first diesel-powered mower in the Ferris line featuring a
Caterpillar industrial-grade diesel engine. The increase in demand for products led
the company to break ground once again for expansion.
Simplicity manufacturing, along with its subsidiaries, Ferris, Snapper,
and Giant-Vac were purchased by Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group.
To handle the continued success additional square footage was added to
the Munnsville manufacturing facility.
The IS®1500Z, IS® 4500Z and HydroCut™ 36 were released. The incredible sales
demand for these new models boosted production three times during the course
of the year.
Two new models were introduced,
the IS® 5100Z and the all new IS® 2000Z. Ferris’ continued commitment to
reliability and innovation has defined the company as a leader in the
Ferris introduced the Rear Discharge mower deck with mulching system fitted
Ferris introduced the IS® 2500Z diesel zero-turn. The industry witnessed the evolution
of mowing with the innovative Ferris Evolution™ mower - a forward thinking compact
zero-turn that places the operator in the most ideal ergonomic position for mowing.
Briggs & Stratton have proudly opened a Centre of Excellence in Roermond in the
Netherlands. This centre was built to service the training needs of their European,
Middle East and African distributor network and their dealers for Yard and Power Products.
Ferris introduced the FM35. This walk-behind fl ail mower is designed to combat the
most demanding environments and is ideal for mowing rough and overgrown areas.
Ferris introduced the FW35 series commercial grade walk behind mower and the
compact sized IS® 600Z and IS® 700Z zero-turn mowers.
Ferris introduced the compact sized FW25 series commercial grade walk behind mower.
After six successful years the IS® 2500Z is replaced by the improved IS® 2600Z. This zero turn complies with the latest EPA FINAL TIER 4 emission regulation. Ferris also introduced their first zero turn with Electronic Fuel injection; the IS® 2100Z.