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!
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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 it’s product line to include textile manufacturing machinery, pumps, governors, thin film evaporators, as well as both hydraulic and mechanical equipment that helped sustain 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 II. During and after the War, Rodney Hunt’s wet-finishing textile machines were introduced into 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 manufacturer of 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, an ISO 9001: 2008 company, which expanded it’s gate and valve product offering for water control applications.
Rodney Hunt Machine Company Founded in 1840
Mr. Rodney Hunt, born July 10, 1810, founded the Rodney Hunt Machine Company in Orange, MA. The earliest products manufactured for various New England textile mills included: simplistic wooden textile machines, waterwheels, turbines, gates, plows and other industrial parts.
Industrial Engineering Works Founded in 1948
Mr. Jashbhai Patel founded Industrial Engineering Works located near Indore, India. The company's initial products were lathes, drilling and slotting machines, and water control gates.
Company Officially Change Name
The Rodney Hunt Machine Company officially changed it's name and became the Rodney Hunt Company.
Clean Water Act
The “Clean Water Act” was introduced setting strict regulations and guidelines for water surface quality and discharge of pollutants into US water. The Rodney Hunt Company redirected its focus to the water and waste water market.
Established as a Separate Company
Industrial Engineering Works established Jash Engineering as a separate entity to focus on the water control gates business.
The Rodney Hunt Company purchased Allis-Chalmers to expand the company's valve product range.
GA Industries Purchased Rodney Hunt
GA Industries, a Pittsburgh valve company, purchased Rodney Hunt in order to be more competitive in the water management industry.
Financial & Technical Collaboration with Schuette
Jash Engineering entered into technical collaboration with Schuette Group, Germany to manufacture bulk solids handling valves. Axel Schuette acquired partial company equity and became a Company Director.
Collaboration with Hollung AS
Jash entered into a technical collaboration with Hollung, Norway to manufacture fine & coarse screens in India.
Technical Collaboration with Weco
Knife gate valves were introduced into the product line when Jash entered into a collaboration with Weco Armaturen, Germany.
Zurn Industries LLC,acquires both GA and Rodney Hunt
A unit of Rexnord, Zurn Industries LLC, acquired both GA Industries & Rodney Hunt.
In 2009, Sureseal, a leading manufacturer of water hammer control valves, was acquired by Jash Engineering.
Rexnord purchases Fontaine, Canadian Slide gate company
Rexnord purchased Fontaine, a Canadian fabricated slide gate company.
Jash USA Inc was Incorporated
Jash USA Inc was established in 2010 by Jash Engineering.
Jash aligns with Rehart, Germany
Jash aligns with Rehart, Germany in 2011 to introduce archimedes screw pumps to the product range. In 2012, Shivpad Engineers was added to the Jash team.
Jash partners with Mr Gernot Mahr of Mahr Maschinenbau
Jash partners with Gernot Mahr of Mahr Maschinenbau, Austria and acquired Mahr Maschinenbau to launch Gernot Mahr's designed MM2MM multi rake bar screen.
We Understand Gates!
Jash has manufactured gates for over 65 years and has manufactured over 20,000 gates for projects in more than 40 countries meeting a variety of specifications such as AQQA, BS and IS. Jash is proud to carry forward the 176 year old legacy of Rodney Hunt.