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Article - Bellows - Valvair
Township: Canton Borough, Bradford County PA
Year: 1960s
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Article by Eleanor Keagle submitted by Don Stanton
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In 1954 J. C. Collins of Akron, Ohio, owner of Sinclair-Collins Valve Co. decided to expand production facilities and chose his home town, Canton, PA to build a manufacturing plant. In 1958, the late Mr. Collins sold his business interest to International Basic Economy Corporation, IBEC. Bellows-Valvair with headquarters in Akron, Ohio, a division of IBEC, manufactures and distributes a complete line of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment for industrial application.

Five companies, The Bellows Company, Sinclair-Collins-Valvair, The Hunt Valve Co., Hyquip Co., and Jackson Electronics, long established in the development and manufacture of air and hydraulic cylinders, valves, electric controls and related products, provided the base for the Bellow’s Valvair organization.

The Bellows Air Motor, an air cylinder with integral valve, was the principal product of the Bellows Company. The Sinclair-Collins Valve Company offered its first two-pressure hydraulic valve with a diaphragm in the early thirties and from this basic design came the present line of Sinclair-Collins valves. The Hunt Valve Company brought an extensive line of both hydraulic and pneumatic valves to the Bellows-Valvair Group. Hyquip hydraulic cylinders with their patented key-locked cylinder-to-head design, were being used b many steel-makers when that company joined Bellows-Valvair in 1960. Hyquip added hydraulic power units, heavy duty air and hydraulic cylinders, to the Bellows-Valvair line of products. Jackson Electronic provided electronic and electric controls for a number of major manufacturers in the field of aircraft and missiles, automated machines, and its addition to Bellows-Valvair in 1959 rounded out the hydraulic-pneumatic-electric control systems to meet customer requirements.

Today, Bellows-Valvair has one-hundred-four company owned Field Offices throughout the United States and Canada; with over 300 Field Engineers servicing customers in every industrial area on this continent in their needs for hydraulic and pneumatic power and control equipment. The Bellows-Valvair Division of EBEC, S. A., from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, provides sales and service for customers throughout Europe, the British Isles, South America and the Far East.

Eleanor P. Keagle (1896-1971)