George Regan Bunn (1915-2002), while managing the Capitol Wholesale Grocery Co. in the mid-1950s, started a division dedicated to coffee brewing equipment. In 1957, he perfected the world’s first flat-bottomed fluted paper coffee filter, a step that revolutionized coffee brewing, and founded the Bunn-O-Matic Corp. as a separate entity. Bunn also developed the pour-over coffee brewer.
Although still based in Springfield, Bunn-O-Matic as of 2013 had plants and warehouses in Illinois, Iowa, the New York area, California, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Products include coffee brewers and grinders, dispensers, iced tea brewers, cappuccino, granita, and juice machines, espresso systems and water quality systems as well as filters.
George Regan Bunn was the great-grandson of Jacob Bunn Jr., a grocer, banker, investor and friend of Abraham Lincoln who founded Springfield Marine & Fire Insurance Co., later Springfield Marine Bank, in 1851. George Bunn was succeeded as president of Bunn-O-Matic by his son, Arthur Bunn.
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Bunn must also have at least one manufacturing facility in China, as I have seen “Made in China” labels on some of their newer home coffee machines.
At least one machine was at one point manufactured in China but by a contracted facility. I believe that unit is discontinued. Some parts are also sourced from China.
Thanks for the followup.
Not made in America, just assembled. Sad,