Hydraulic Controls, Inc. is excited to announce that our footprint has grown with the recent acquisition of Horton Fluid Power in Boise, Idaho. HFP has always had a customer-centric attitude and along with their strong technical skills, local repair shop and power unit manufacturing capabilities they now bring to the table the considerable resources of HCI. According to Aaron Piper, “The core values of Horton Fluid Power and HCI mirror each other in many ways. We could not be more excited about the possibilities.” Look out, Idaho: a good company just got a lot more horsepower behind them!
Helac’s “Powered Hinge” is the centerpiece in a GWI design engineered to solve two recurring snags in the food processing industry. GWI’s bin dumper now allows a load to be moved easily over-center, which ensures that bins can now be completely emptied of product.
Traditional single-set cylinder designs are normally limited in rotation, which often prevents bins with clumpy or sticky product from being fully emptied. Additionally, cylinders are a high maintenance item in these environments because their rods are exposed to particulate that can be drawn into the hydraulic system, normally resulting in leaking rod seals. Helac’s rotary actuator solves both problems.
This summer California suffered from many wildfires; the Carr Fire in particular hit close to home – in Redding. Thankfully, none of our Redding branch employees lost their homes, but their small community experienced unprecedented devastation and will need plenty of courage and resources to rebuild.
HCI recently launched a fresh website designed to communicate our capabilities, promote our vendors, and effectively guide our customers to fluid power solutions.
As many of you are aware, HCI acquired MCDS in Modesto late last year. MCDS specializes in the design and manufacture of engineered wire harness solutions as well as the development of machine control systems for the mobile and agriculture industries. This strategic acquisition positions HCI to integrate complementary technologies, equipping us to offer complete machine control packages that enhance our fluid power solutions with graphical displays for user interface, wire harnesses for completing connections, and machine control programming.
Congratulations to Rick Solomon (Salt Lake City branch manager) and Eric Kinsel (Tulare branch manager), celebrating 40 years of service to HCI. Eric joined HCI in March of 1978, and though Rick officially joined HCI the same month, he had begun working for Mr. Cotter five months previous at HCI’s Utah branch, then called “Rocky Mountain Fluid Power”.
Hydraulic Controls, Inc. announces the acquisition of Ace Hydraulic Sales & Service located in Bakersfield, CA. Ace Hydraulic has been servicing the Kern County area since 1963, providing sales and service to a wide variety of industries including agriculture, oil field, railroad and tractor dealers. They pride themselves on being a single source for fluid power solutions. This addition to HCI’s already impressive footprint in the Pacific Southwest announces our expanding presence in the oil and gas industry.
As announced at the end of last year, Aaron Piper has taken the reins as president of Hydraulic Controls, Inc. His vision for HCI is to grow organically as well as through acquisition and product expansion. With our latest strategic acquisitions and sales initiatives, 2018 is looking to be quite a beginning for our new president.
At this year’s World Ag Expo, CFS debuts the newest member of their crop services fleet, and yes, it is an unmanned sprayer. Mark Woods (HCI Fresno) and Scott Mallory (MCDS) were privileged to be a part of the development of this revolutionary advancement in the ag industry.
Hydraulic Controls and Bosch Rexroth have your hydraulic repair needs covered. HCI boasts nine in-house service shops, and for those occasions where the unit is too large or perhaps your need requires an “as new” warranty, there are several Bosch Rexroth service centers to fill the gap.