The Lovejoy company's motto is "where the world turns for couplings." It was founded in Chicago by Thomas Lovejoy in 1900 as a manufacturer of tooling and machinery for the railroad and steel indusries. Twelve years later it was purchased by W.H. Dangel who retained the name (let's face it: "Dangel: where the world turns for couplings" could be misconstrued) and in 1927 the company purchased the patent for a jaw coupling from Louis Ricefield. The softer medium between the steel pieces, which absorbs shock, is referred to as a "spider." This patent was their gold-egg laying goose. Today, the couplings are available from the company in more than 850,000 combinations of bore sizes!