Dover Corp. operates in four primary sectors: Fluids, Engineered Systems, Refrigeration and Food Equipment and Energy. It was founded in 1955 as a conglomerate of four manufacturing companies that had been purchased in the 1930s and 1940s by stockbroker George Ohrstrom Sr. The companies made piston rings and seals, auto lifts, oil-well rods and space heaters. From its founding until 1979, Dover bought 14 companies, largely to build the company's elevator business. It was one of the leading elevator companies in the United States until selling that business in 1998. In more recent years, Dover Corp. has experienced rapid growth, purchasing nearly 100 companies in a 15-year span.
Dover Corp. offers its employees comprehensive healthcare coverage as well as a generous 401(k) contribution match. The company recently launched a comprehensive wellness campaign at each of its sites, which highlights its commitment to employee health. Employees are pleased with Dover's "strong culture and operating discipline" and its employees who "want to make a positive difference" in the company. Some indicate that there is a "tremendous work ethic" at Dover Corp., though others mention the learning platform for new employees "needs work." – less