Rodney Hunt celebrates 175 years of hydropower flow control

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Rodney Hunt is celebrating 175 years of providing flow control systems for hydropower, dams and wastewater.

The company was founded by Rodney Hunt in 1840. At that time, it provided plows, simple wooden machines, and wooden water wheels and gates used in New England’s textile mills.

As the company grew throughout the ensuing decades, the product line expanded to include textile manufacturing machinery, pumps, and the hydraulic and mechanical equipment that supported the textile industry.

Rodney Hunt grew significantly during the 1930s and 1940s, in part due to the demand for textile machinery and equipment during WWII, according to a press release.

The strategic decision to focus on the design and manufacture of products serving the growing water control industry took place in 1973, when the Environmental Protection Agency initiated the Clean Water Act. The company sold its textile wet-finishing division and industrial role division in 1975.

In 1990, Rodney Hunt Company purchased AC Valve Inc., previously the valve division of Allis-Chalmers Company.

In 1995, Rodney Hunt was purchased by GA Industries, a Pittsburgh-based valve manufacturer. In 2009, Fontaine was acquired, a supplier of fabricated stainless steel gates. The VAG-Group, a flow control solution provider headquartered in Germany, was added to the family in 2011.

The company manufactured slide gates for the city of Denver’s Cheesman Dam and Reservoir, which we reported on in Hydro Review in June 2011.

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