NFPA Visits HED – Hydro Electronic Devices

NFPA member news

This past week Eric Lanke and I attended the 30th anniversary function for HED, an NFPA member of more than 20 years. CEO Paul Ludwig hosted the event, which included facility tours, an outdoor display of mobile machinery, and indoor facility tours highlighting product development. The focus of HED is on the electronic control of…

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NFPA Visits Hunt Valve

Education Roadmap road to horizon

On the way to a presentation on fluid power at a National Tooling & Machining Association event, I had the opportunity to visit Hunt Valve. Located in Salem, Ohio, Hunt Valve is one of NFPA’s newest members, having joined in March 2017. Hunt Valve specializes in severe-duty valves for applications that include primary metals, process,…

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NFPA Staff Visits Alro Steel

Education Roadmap road to horizon

A couple weeks ago, I visited Alro Steel in Bolingbrook, Illinois, to meet with Chuck Rigali.  Chuck is Alro’s Fluid Power Product Manager and has been active with NFPA for a number of years. The visit gave me a new perspective on NFPA’s supplier members.  We often think of supplier members as competing amongst themselves…

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NFPA Staff Visits Twin Disc

Twin Disc Sign

Racine, Wisconsin may not be the first city in the Great Lakes region you think of for fluid power manufacturing, but it should be.  Even though the city has been hit hard over the years by company acquisitions and consolidations, Racine can still boast of a strong fluid power manufacturing sector. Eric Armstrong, NFPA’s Economic…

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NFPA Visits Iowa Fluid Power

Education Roadmap road to horizon

After the Industry/University Engagement Summit, Eric Lanke and I went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to visit Iowa Fluid Power. While we were there, we met with Jim Kaas, the president of the company, who is also very involved with the NFPA and has been a regular attendee at the Annual Conference and the Industry &…

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NFPA Visits SafeWay Hydraulics

Education Roadmap road to horizon

While in Minneapolis, MN last month to attend the NFPA Regional Meeting, Eric Lanke, Lynn Beyer and I had the opportunity to drive up to St. Paul to visit longtime NFPA member company SafeWay Hydraulics, Inc.  SafeWay is a division of Specialty Manufacturing Company specializing in the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of quick action…

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NFPA Staff Visits Peninsular Cylinders in Roseville, Michigan

Peninsular Cylinders Visit

While in the greater Detroit area for the 2016 Detroit Regional Meeting, a few of us from NFPA stopped by to visit Peninsular Cylinder Company, an NFPA member since 2002. Peninsular Cylinder Company manufactures NFPA and metric pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders, 1 1/2″ to 24″ bore and 40mm to 500mm bore sizes, plus all related…

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NFPA Visits The Paquin Company and Parker Hannifin

Last week, Eric Lanke and I made a quick trip to the Cleveland area for some member visits at The Paquin Company and Parker Hannifin. We started out at The Paquin Company, which is a fluid power distributor located in Mentor, Ohio, a suburb on the northeast side of Cleveland.  Paquin has been an NFPA…

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Member Visit Reinforces Value of Face-to-Face Meetings

NFPA Member Company News

Following the recent Chicago Regional Meeting, Eric Armstrong and I made the short drive to Rockford, IL, to visit Concentric Rockford.  Concentric AB is the former Hydraulics Division of Haldex AB and manufactures conventional and variable flow oil and coolant pumps as well as fuel pumps for the medium and heavy-duty diesel engines. In addition,…

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