about us

Founded in 1840 by Mr. Rodney Hunt, the company’s earliest products were utilized in New England’s textile mills and included plows, simple wooden machines, wooden water wheels, and gates. In addition to inventing several textile machines, Mr. Rodney Hunt also pioneered the use of stainless steel as a common material of construction in the 1930’s. Since it’s inception, Rodney Hunt has proven to withstand the test of time by surviving a Civil War, two World Wars, The Great Depression, two devastating floods, and a fire!

History

Founded in 1840 by Mr. Rodney Hunt, the company’s earliest products were utilized in New England’s textile mills and included plows, simple wooden machines, wooden water wheels, and gates. From the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries the Rodney Hunt Company expanded its product line to include textile manufacturing machinery, pumps, governors, thin-film evaporators; as well as both hydraulic and mechanical equipment that helpedsustain the textile industry. After surviving a major flood in 1936 and a hurricane in 1938, the company grew significantly over the following decades. This rapid expansion was partly due to the increased demand for textile machinery and mechanical equipment in preparation for World War Two. During and after the War, Rodney Hunt’s wet-finishing textile machines were introduced to the international market, while sluice gates and other water control equipment were building a significant domestic market. With the introduction of the “Clean Water Act” in 1972, the company decided to focus on the growing water control industry which led to the sale of the textile wet-finishing division in 1975 and the industrial roll division in 1983. Throughout the years, Rodney Hunt has experienced industry growth and product diversity through being acquired and divested by various parent companies. Rodney Hunt Company’s various ownership journey started in 1991 with the purchase of AC Valve, Inc. (previously known as the valve Division of Allis-Chalmers Company). Followed shortly with the Rodney Hunt Company being purchased by GA Industries, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturerof valves in 1995. The acquisition trend continued with the addition of Fontaine Industries in 2009. In 2011, all 3 entities were merged under the VAG Group with headquarters located in Mannheim, Germany. Rodney Hunt Company was purchased in 2016 by JASH USA which expanded its gate and valve product offering for water control applications.

Timeline

1840

Rodney Hunt Machine Company Founded in Orange, MA. Earliest products manufactured include simplistic wooden textile machines, waterwheels, turbines, gates, plows, and other industrial parts.

1966

Company name officially changed from The Rodney Hunt Machine Company to Rodney Hunt Company.

1972

Jash Engineering is established as a separate entity focusing on the water control gate business.

2010

Jash USA Inc was established by Jash Engineering.

2016

Rodney Hunt and Jash join forces! Jash has manufactured gates for over 65 years and proudly teamed up with Rodney Hunt to carry forward the 180+ year legacy.

Our team

Sales team
Ranjit Nair
 281-962-6364
 281-507-6060
 rnair@rodneyhunt.com
Project management team
Engineering team
Rob Kibler
 978-633-4651
 413-374-1662
 rkibler@rodneyhunt.com
Finance and Accounting
AFTER MARKET TEAM
Freight
Human Resources
Procurement
Production
Mike Kessler
General Manager
Orange Facility
 tmkessler@rodneyhunt.com
Chris Soucie
Shop Superintendent
Orange Facility
 csoucie@rodneyhunt.com
Admin

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