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pennair history

PennAir's growth throughout the years

About Our History

Powering what's Possible for 50 Years

In 1968, Jim and Mary Conrad opened Penn-Air Company in a rented garage with only three product lines. In less than five years, the company outgrew both its space and name. The Conrads moved the new Penn-Air & Hydraulics Corp. to a former fire station in downtown York, giving them the opportunity to grow their product lines and their workforce.

Fueled by strong relationships with suppliers, Jim expanded operations into Maryland with Pneu-Force in 1988. It wasn’t long before both companies needed more space. In 1996, he combined operations into a 24,000 square foot headquarters on York’s Industrial Highway. The acquisition of Konstance Pneumatics followed, driving Penn-Air’s growth throughout the years.

  • 1968 - In the beginning

    Jim and Mary Conrad open Penn-Air Company in a rented garage in York City with only three product lines.

  • 1973 - Pennair expands

    In less than five years, the company outgrows both its space and name. The Conrads move the new Penn-Air & Hydraulics Corp. to a former fire station in downtown York, supporting the opportunity to grow product lines and the workforce.

  • 1988 - headed south

    Fueled by strong relationships with suppliers, Jim expands operations into Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, with the launch of Pneu-Force. It isn't long before both companies need more space. 

  • 1996 - combining forces

    Jim unites Penn-Air and Pneu-Force in a new 24,000 sq. ft. headquarters on York’s Industrial Highway.

  • 2000 - if you can't beat em', buy em'

    Penn-Air acquires Konstance Pneumatics and becomes PKP (Penn-Air, Konstance, Pneu-Force). This union facilitates expansion into Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and the Greater Philadelphia area.

  • 2015 - this is too much to say on the phone

    Penn-Air & Hydraulics Corp., Konstance Pneumatics, and Pneu-Force consolidate, becoming PennAir.

  • 2016 - big bold moves

    PennAir moves from the 24,000 sq. ft. facility into its current location, a 100,000+ sq. ft. state-of-the-art headquarters. 

  • 2019 - got grease?

    Advanced Lubrication Systems joins forces with PennAir, becoming GreasePoint Engineered Lubrication. This allows PennAir to diversify and expand its ability to help customers.

  • 2020 - who doesn't love a good snack

    For what's next.

  • 2021 - going with the flow

    Compressor Maintenance Co. joins the ever-expanding list of PennAir brands. CMC helps customers with air compressors, vacuum pumps, air dryers, and more. 

  • 2021 - we fix $h!t

    Long-time neighbor, customer and supplier, Allied Hydraulic Service Co, is the latest addition to the family. Allied specializes in the repair, rebuild and replacement of hydraulic motors, pumps, valves, cylinders, and hydrostatic systems for a variety of industries.

  • 2022 - grateful for our founders

    With the creation of the newly formed Holding Company, The Conrad Company, PennAir (Penn-Air & Hydraulics Corp.) shifts to align with its acquisitions. All brands now operate under The Conrad Company.

  • 2022 - Teaming up to make progress

    The Conrad Company is an ever-growing collection of specialized brands focused on helping people in manufacturing, and redefining industrial distribution. With that goal in mind, we added Capitol Tool and Valley Fluid Components.

Let’s Talk About You...

In today's world the manufacturing community is asked to do MORE with LESS - EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. PennAir exists to HELP our customers KICK@$$ - allowing them to focus on what matters most - freeing them to leave their work, at work.

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