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Swagelok Company
Industry Fluid system technology
Founded 1947
Founder Fred A. Lennon
Headquarters Solon, Ohio, U.S.
Number of locations
200 sales and service centers, 20 manufacturing facilities, 5 technical centers
Area served
Key people
Arthur F. Anton (CEO)
Products Fittings, Valves, Hose (tubing), Gauges, Transducers, Regulators, Miniature Modular Systems, Orbital welding systems, Measurement Systems
Revenue US$ 1.8 billion (2011)
Number of employees
Subsidiaries Swagelok Capital Projects Company
Website www.swagelok.com
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Swagelok is a privately held international company, focusing on the manufacture and sale of gas and fluid systems components, such as tube fittings, valves, tubing, and gauges. It was founded in 1947 by Fred A. Lennon in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1965, it moved to Solon, Ohio, where its headquarters remain.[1] They are best known for creating the Swagelok compression tube fitting U.S. Patent 3,075,793 in 1959, a commonly used fitting type for the connection of metal tubing.[1]


Swagelok was founded by Fred Lennon and Cullen Crawford in 1947. The name Swagelok was created by Lennon and Crawford, for Crawford's invention of a leak-tight fitting swage which formed tubing that held the fitting in place. Crawford Fitting Co., manufactured and sold the fittings. In 1948, Lennon bought Crawford's share in the company. In 1955, Cajon Company was created, adding pipe fittings to the product line. Swagelok also began manufacturing in Canada. In 1957, Nuclear Products Company (Nupro Company) was acquired. In 1965, Swagelok moved its headquarters from Cleveland, Ohio to Solon, Ohio. In 1972, the company expanded into Japan. In 1986, Cajon Company, Whitey Company, and Sno-Trik Company, were all unified under the name the Swagelok Companies. Swagelok has more than 3000 employees.[citation needed]

In 2002, Jensen Fittings Corporation was acquired. This expanded Swagelok into biopharmaceutical, food, beverage, and sanitary markets. In 2003, Kenmac Ltd.on the Isle of Man was acquired. In 2004, the company built a 360,000 square feet (33,400 m2) "Order Fulfillment Center" in Solon, which was occupied by 2006. In 2007, the assets of Hy-Level Company were acquired. In 2008, Coreflex LLC was acquired. In 2009, Swagelok acquired RHPS B.V. of the Netherlands.[2] In 2012, Swagelok acquired the assets of Innovative Pressure Technologies.[3]


A brass Swagelok connection

Swagelok manufactures thousands of products for many industries including, alternative fuels, chemical and petrochemical, power generation, oil and gas production, chemical processing, biopharmaceutical, research, and semiconductor manufacturing. These fluid system solution products include tube fittings, valves, regulators, and hoses.


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