1954, Saint Erik’s Exhibition, StockholmJohn Waller saw the potential in Gustav Ekstrand’s custom hydraulic jack and gave it a chance. In 1954 the first and only Simson Kompakt Jack was presented at S:t Eriksmässan in Stockholm (Stockholm Fair) with other products from Wallers. The jack was a big success and they came home with many orders. The challenge then became to manufacture those! It took about 8 to 10 month for the first deliveries to customers. Thereafter the Simson story started.
The name Simson has been used as product name since 1950’s and is the Swedish name for Samson. Samson was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible. According to the biblical account, Samson was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform glorious feats, such as quickly killing a lion, slaying an entire army with only the jawbone of an ass, and destroying a temple of the Philistines with his bare hands. However, if Samson's long hair was cut, he would lose his strength.