A Brief History of Hercules Engines

| June/July 1988

  • Hercules Engines

  • Hercules Engines

6501 Ravenna Road Painesville, Ohio 44077

The Hercules Motors Corporation was organized in Canton, Ohio 73 years ago (1915) to supply highs-peed, lightweight gasoline engines for the fast-growing transportation industry. These engines became the standard power for the then-major independent truck manufacturers.

Demand for the engines grew in other industries-farm machinery, construction, oil-field equipment, generator sets, etc., brought about by the dependability of the engines and the company's ingenuity in designing and tailoring them to fit any application.

In 1931 Hercules and its numerous well-known, manufacturing customers recognized the need for high-speed, lightweight diesel or compression-ignition engines, theretofore used only in stationary and heavy marine application due to size and weight.

Hercules came through with a line of high-speed, lightweight diesel engines. The new diesels paralleled Hercules line of gasoline engines and could be used by its customers without radical design changes in the equipment.

During World War II, Hercules recognized its responsibility to supply the U.S. and Allied armed forces with infinitely more engines than could then be produced. The company greatly increased its capacity to 18,000 engines per month by building additions to the existing plant, at its own expense, and providing the tools and equipment to accompany the expansion.