Invensys Process Systems (IPS, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Foxboro automation products brand today at its headquarters in Foxboro, Mass. More than 1,000 employees, retirees, and other dignitaries and guests participated in festivities at the Neponset facility, where the company started a century ago.

The Foxboro brand was born in 1908 when E.H. and B.B. Bristol opened the Industrial Instrument Company, which was renamed The Foxboro Company in 1914. In 1990 Foxboro was acquired by Siebe plc of the United Kingdom and in 1999 Siebe and British Tire and Rubber, another British engineering firm, merged to form Invensys plc. Invensys plc then joined Foxboro and its current sister brands Triconex, SimSci-Esscor and Avantis to form IPS. IPS works with clients to integrate automation, simulation, and operations management technologies to help execute business strategies.

Foxboro currently has more than 50,000 customers worldwide