Began in 1935, VAL-CO ™ has grown from a single maker of bearings and needles to a thriving, global, full-line manufacturer of pork and poultry production equipment.
How It All Started
In 1935, F. W. "Fritz" Steudler purchased the Vallorbs Jewel Company, less than 2 years after graduating from Millersville State Teacher’s College. Vallorbs manufactured watch bearings, aircraft instrumentation bearings and sapphire phonograph needles, focusing on precision and quality. In the 1960s, Vallorbs began manufacturing special components for the commercial nuclear industry.
The ability to produce precision machined parts gave Fritz and one of his sons, Fred, the idea to develop poultry watering systems. That idea led to the beginning of Val Products, Inc. As the company’s poultry watering product line continued to grow, a decision was made to expand to offer a full line of livestock production equipment.
VAL-CO is formed
In 2002, VAL-CO™ was formed by combining the capabilities of several prominent brands: Beacon, Blue Earth, Pax, Raydot, Safeguard,Val and Vallorbs.
Throughout the first decade of the 21st century, VAL-CO acquired light manufacturing, sales, distribution and support facilities in Europe, Asia and South America. Today these sites play a vital role in satisfying the growing worldwide demand for VAL-CO products and services.