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QuickConnect: December 2012

News from NAHAD Members

NAHAD member companies announce new locations, new technologies, new structuring and new equipment:

TIPCO TechnologiesTIPCO Technologies is pleased to announce the grand opening of their newest Eaton Aeroquip Hose Center February 4, 2013 in the Delaware Valley region of Bear, Delaware.  The new location will be staffed by both seasoned TIPCO employees and new hires as TIPCO looks to grow their geographical footprint in regions that fit the template for the industries served. 

“We view the Delaware Valley region as a perfect fit to introduce new flexible technology from World Class brands such as: Eaton, Goodyear, Saint Gobain, Dixon, PT Coupling and OPW Engineered Products while adding to our geographical presence in the Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, DC region,” said Rob Lyons, President.

The new branch is located at 700 Carson Drive, Suite 705 in Bear, DE 19701. To learn more, please visit, or contact Rob Lyons or Terri Lyons

Home Rubber CompanyThe Home Rubber Company, along with their Ivanhoe Rubber Division, has successfully completed a wholesale recapitalization of its business. Under the leadership of owner, Richard Balka, the 130 year old manufacturer of mechanical and industrial rubber products has retired a significant portion of its debt and secured generous new financial facilities for revolving capital expenditures and for its operating line of credit. The business recapitalization has taken place on the heels of Home Rubber’s completion of a new calendar line and the re-building of one of its mixing lines. Over the past six months, Home Rubber has also completed substantial improvements to its factory infrastructure, improving production efficiencies and also reducing energy expenses.

“In an era when banks don’t want to loan money to small businesses, the strength of American Manufacturing over the past year helped us to bolster our balance sheet and convince a new lender that 130 years was only the beginning,” stated Balka, who then added “[The fact that] this comes after we’ve completed so many capital projects really puts us in great shape to fulfill our mission of providing innovative solutions and small run products to our customers in a fraction of the lead time experienced in the industry. This is just another instrument that will allow us to maintain a strong raw material inventory, beef up our inventory of Tan Pure Gum Tubing and to meet any need that our customers require.”

The Home Rubber Company has a broad base of manufacturing capabilities including handmade hose and tubing, lathe cut gaskets, sheet goods, mandrel-made truly endless belting and other specialty rubber products. Home’s Ivanhoe division provides fully certified, technically specific small batch rubber compounds to molders and extruders in slab and in various pre-forms. The business was founded in 1881 and remains in its original 65,000 square foot facility in Trenton, New Jersey.

Power DrivesPower Drives Inc. introduces their new hose technology, the Power Flex™, developed in partnership with the industry leader in PTFE hose technology. Made with a combination of PTFE tube material and stainless steel braid construction, this unique material affords users all benefits of the standard PTFE hose while providing twice the flexibility. The optimum wire diameter and braid pattern allows tighter bend radius for streamlined routing, reducing the potential for stack up. Available in multiple sizes. For more information on the Power Flex™ hose, please call 800-888-1373 or visit

In other news, Power Drives Inc. is undergoing a logo and brand transformation. Be on the lookout for the new and improved Power Drives as well as the launch of their new e-commerce website.

OPO+P Srl is pleased to announce the addition of the new high tonnage crimping machine, TUBOMATIC V350ES

This machine is ideal for crimping up to 3" 6 wire spiral hydraulic hoses along with up to 10" industrial hose, with crimping force up to 1000 tons. Uniquely designed and available in either vertical or horizontal versions with a low center of gravity for operator ease of use. Due to the design of this machine, it is suitable for use on crimping ceramic insulators, process steel rods and any application requiring high tonnage force.

O+P is pleased to service their North American clients from a new facility in Boston, MA USA. For more information, visit or email

DixonDixon introduces the VEP Series Connect-Under-Pressure hydraulic couplings for use anywhere there is a need for a tough, reliable hydraulic connection.

Fully interchangeable with Stucchi VEP-P/VEP-HD Series, DNP PST4 Series, Voswinkel FT-Series, and Parker FET-Series

  • Available with NPTF, BSPP, ORB, and optional Code 62 connections
  • Improved connect and disconnect performance up to 5,500 PSI
  • Patented valve mechanism optimizes flow and pressure performance
  • Improved corrosion resistance using ROHS compliant Trivalent chrome plating
  • Temperature range: -22°F to +212°F (-30°C to +100°C)

To learn more about Dixon’s VEP Series hydraulic couplings call 1-704-334-9175.