Celebrating 100 Years of
Head Protection

OUR HISTORY
Bullard 100th anniversary logo
  • 1898

    Bullard founded in San Francisco by Edward D. Bullard

  • 1918

    Edward W. Bullard begins work on the invention of the Hard Boiled Hat®

  • 1919

    Bullard’s Hard Boiled® Hat enters production

  • 1921

    Bullard first aid kit introduced

  • 1933 Golden Gate

    Golden Gate Bridge construction project becomes first designated “hard hat area”

  • 1933 original supplied air respirator

    Bullard develops original supplied air respirator for Golden Gate Bridge construction project

  • 1933 Fire Helmet

    Bullard develops its first fire helmet based on the Hard Boiled Hat design

  • 1938 first aluminum hard hat

    Bullard introduces first aluminum hard hat

  • 1940 Bullard rolls out famous 3-rib design

    Bullard rolls out famous 3-rib design

  • 1941 air raid sirens and first aid supplie

    During World War II, Bullard manufactures air raid sirens and first aid supplies

  • 1947 Bullard introduces first fiberglass fire helmet

    Bullard introduces first fiberglass fire helmet

  • 1950 Bullard develops first thermoplastic hard hat

    Bullard develops first thermoplastic hard hat

  • 1957 Bullard opens its first molding department for plastic helmets

    Bullard opens its first molding department for plastic helmets

  • 1963 Edward W. Bullard Jr., is promoted to President

    Edward W. Bullard Jr., is promoted to President

  • 1973 Bullard opens a production facility in Cynthiana, Kentucky

    Bullard opens a production facility in Cynthiana, Kentucky

  • 1983 Jed Bullard is named President of the Company

    Jed Bullard is named President of the Company

  • 1984 Bullard introduces first NFPA-approved thermoplastic fire helmet

    Bullard introduces first NFPA-approved thermoplastic fire helmet

  • 1995 Bullard acquires the 150-year old Roemer Company of Neu-Ulm, Germany

    Bullard acquires the 150-year old Roemer Company of Neu-Ulm, Germany

  • 1998 Bullard introduces Thermal Imaging

    Bullard introduces Thermal Imaging

  • 1998 The Company celebrates its Centennial

    The Company celebrates its Centennial

  • 2001 Bullard expands its international presence to Asia Pacific

    Bullard expands its international presence to Asia Pacific

  • 2002 Bullard launches its first Powered Air-Purifying Respirator

    Bullard launches its first Powered Air-Purifying Respirator

  • 2009 Bullard launches the industry’s first personal-issue thermal imager

    Bullard launches the industry’s first personal-issue thermal imager

  • 2009 The Company launches the next generation of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators

    The Company launches the next generation of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators

  • 2009 Bullard introduces TrakLite®, the first integrated fire helmet lighting system

    Bullard introduces TrakLite®, the first integrated fire helmet lighting system

  • 2011 Bullard introduces the market’s lightest Blast Helmet

    Bullard introduces the market’s lightest Blast Helmet

  • 2015 Bullard launches the state-of-the-art X Factor Series of thermal imagers

    Bullard launches the state-of-the-art X Factor Series of thermal imagers

  • 2017 Wells Bullard becomes the Company’s CEO

    Wells Bullard becomes the Company’s CEO

  • 2017 Bullard introduces AboveView Hard Hat with see-through visor

    Bullard introduces AboveView Hard Hat with see-through visor

  • 2018 Bullard expands its operation with the opening of the Bullard Center in Lexington, Kentucky

    Bullard expands its operation with the opening of the Bullard Center in Lexington, Kentucky

  • 2019 Bullard celebrates 100 years of head protection

    Bullard celebrates 100 years of head protection

"We invented safety before
safety was required."
-Wells Bullard, CEO, Bullard