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Sullair Company History

Sullair’s History
Sullair is an industry leading global manufacturer of superior compressed air solutions. Sullair was founded in 1965 and shortly thereafter Sullair produced its first portable air compressor. Since its founding 50 years ago, Sullair has continued to grow and evolve by introducing new product lines and a full air solutions system.
In 1968, after Sullair established itself in markets that use portable compressors, it introduced stationary rotary screw compressors to the industrial market. Responding to market demand for clean and dry air in specialized applications, Sullair developed air treatment systems for its compressors and, in response to customer need, developed a line of proprietary compressor fluids and related products. Sullair has also utilized its rotary screw expertise to produce high efficiency two-stage and encapsulated compressors, vacuum systems, and air tools.
Sullair has remained a pioneer of air compressor technology, delivering the first 500 psig portable compressor in 2003, introducing the Industrial S-Energy® compressor line in 2006, unveiling ShopTek compressors to the industrial market in 2008, and introducing the Sullair Certified REMAN program in 2014.
In 2012, Sullair's parent company, United Technologies (UTC), divested its industrial division to The Carlyle Group and BC Partners, both private equity firms. In early 2013, a new parent company was created called Accudyne Industries consisting of Sullair, Milton Roy, Sundyne and a number of other smaller, niche-focused brands. Accudyne Industries was created to leverage the synergies amongst these brands and continue to innovate and expand its footprint.

Sullair Today
While Sullair has continued to expand and evolve our product offerings, it has remained solely focused on compressed air solutions, a rarity in the industry. With manufacturing facilities on three continents and a worldwide distribution network with unmatched expertise, Sullair serves customers in every corner of the globe. Sullair’s facilities located in the United States, China, and Australia are ISO 9001 certified to assure the highest quality standards in manufacturing. Dedicated training centers at all three sites offer hands-on compressor training to our channel partners and customers in multiple languages.

1965: Sullair was founded; shortly thereafter first portable air compressor product produced
1972: Sullair goes public on the Over the Counter market, under the symbol SULL
1977: Sullair Asia established in Singapore
1978: Sullair Argentina joint venture established
1979: Branch office in Taiwan established
1981: Sullair listed on New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SUL
1984: Sundstrand obtains 100% control of Sullair
1986: Sullair commits fully to independent distribution model
1994: Shenzhen Asia joint venture formed
1999: Sundstrand acquired by United Technologies Corp. (UTC); Hamilton Sundstrand division created
2002: Sullair acquires Champion Compressors of Australia
2003: Sullair delivers the industry’s first 500 psig portable compressor
2006: Industrial S-Energy® compressor line introduced
2007: New line of CE Certified portable air compressors introduced
2008: ShopTek compressors introduced to market
2012: Private Equity firms BC Partners and Carlyle Group acquire Sullair and other industrial brands from UTC
2013: Accudyne Industries Brand introduced
2014: Sullair establishes North America commercial office in Chicago
2014: Sullair Certified REMAN program introduced
2014: Expanded ShopTek product line introduced first into Latin America
2015: Sullair celebrates its 50th anniversary

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