1935 – Fritz Steudler and his father purchased the Vallorbs Jewel Company, a manufacturing company in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania specializing in precision machining of products such as phonograph needles and jeweled bearings for watches and gyroscopes.
1947 – Pax is formed in Coldwater, Ohio and produces feeding equipment for the swine industry. In 1948, Pax introduces a patented circular outdoor hog feeder that leads the industry.
1955 – Beacon displays at the Southeast Poultry & Egg Convention, now the International Production and Processing Expo . VAL-CO now has the fourth-longest running presence at the IPPE show in Atlanta, GA.
1964 – Vallorbs begins to sell precision machined components to Westinghouse Nuclear. Today, Vallorbs continues as a preferred supplier to Westinghouse Nuclear with an unsurpassed quality control and delivery record.
1968 – Pax introduces the corrugated circular feed bin to the agricultural industry.
1979 – Val Watering introduces the most significant breakthrough in poultry watering, ever. The Val Nipple Drinker revolutionizes the delivery of clean and plentiful water to poultry resulting in improved bird health and performance. The VAL-CO Nipple Drinker continues to be the leading brand in the world today.
1986 – Raydot introduces the first fiberglass fan to the market. VAL-CO has since expanded this line to include up to a 54″-inch fan with a poly-cone; the best choice for fan longevity.
1996 – Blue Earth Research introduces the Ventium Whole-house Controller. The Ventium wins an award as one of the top 50 Agricultural Engineering products and starts a revolution in confinement building environmental control.
2002 – VAL-CO is formed and eventually includes Vallorbs, Val Watering, Pax, Raydot, Blue Earth Research, Beacon, and Safeguard.
And, as they say, the rest is history!