America’s Oldest Tentmaker since 1875
Armbruster Manufacturing has been building tents in American since 1875. The photograph shows our original plant based in downtown Springfield, Illinois. We have manufactured tents in the heart of Springfield from our beginnings until the plant was moved south of Springfield in the late 1970s.
This original plant manufactured canvas goods, pillow cases, tarps, awnings, automobile covers, bags, canvas camping tents, water buckets, horse feed bags, circus tents, and early event tents for fairs and festivals. These and just about any item made from canvas were produced in this plant.
During World War I the plant manufactured Red Cross tents and early military pyramidal tents. During World War II the plant was ramped up and employed over 900 employees in 3 shifts to make Canvas Military tents for World War II. After the war, production remained in the plant until Armbruster modernized and built its new building where it remains today.
Armbruster is proud to be America’s oldest, family-owned tentmaker. We retain our generations of experience and continue to build the finest tents out of the finest materials at hand. Our employees are true craftsmen who build tents that last for decades.