Diesel-Powered Experience Since 1948

Understanding the history of Stadco would be impossible without considering the history of our parent company, Stauffer Diesel. Started in 1948 by Amos Stauffer to serve the needs of Lancaster, PA dairy farmers, Stauffer Diesel has grown into a leading distributor of diesel engines.

In 1962, the company expanded by building its first diesel-powered generator. As generator sales grew, Stadco found success manufacturing a wide range of diesel-powered generators for a number of unique applications. Explore important milestones in our history below, and contact us today if we can be of service.

1948 – Amos B. Stauffer, Proprietor, began a used diesel engine business and introduced the first diesel powered Amish dairy system.

1950 – First new Fairbanks-Morse diesel engine sold.

1951 – First new White diesel engine sold.

1953 – Began manufacture of diesel driven Sta-Colt milk coolers and freezers.

1955 – First new Deutz (F1L-612) diesel engine sold.

1956 – Acquired Deutz diesel engine distributorship for PA.

1962 – Deutz diesel powered generator sets designed and built, and automated diesel powered bulk milk cooler systems introduced.

1963 – Incorporated proprietorship into Stauffer Diesel Refrigeration Inc.

1968 – Built Stauffer S520 diesel powered vehicles for underground mining, and acquired dealership for Deutz tractors.

1969 – Moved facilities from Gordonville to New Holland, PA, and changed our name to Stauffer Diesel Inc.

1977-1988 – Earned several top honors in NTPA national tractor pulling championships thanks to employee-built competitive Deutz diesel tractors equipped with 3-stage turbochargers.

1981 – Built first Stadco series produced rail duty generators.

1983 – Built rail generators for Fruit Growers Express.

1985 – Moved from New Holland to new facilities in Ephrata, PA and Deutz engine franchise expanded into Western PA.

1986 – Building for Pittsburgh Branch first leased.

1988 – Divested of Deutz tractor dealership.

1989 – Developed Railgen fully-enclosed generators for passenger rail cars.

1995 – First Stadco mobile generators for emergency vehicles.

2005 – First Stadco RPG type generators for road switcher locomotives.

2006 – Built dedicated Stadco generator manufacturing facility.

2007 – Sales of over 600 Deutz diesel engines.

2010 – Recognized as #1 (Top Performing) Deutz distributorship in North America.

2011 – Sales of over 500 Deutz diesel engines.

2012 – Sales of over 600 Deutz diesel engines.

Stadco Over the Years