Husky Corp. marked 70 years in business with a celebration at the company’s production facilities in Pacific, Missouri.
The event featured guided tours of the company’s expanding production operations, which is home to more than 140 employees. The company manufactures petroleum dispensing equipment and has expanded into related business segments during recent years.
Eugene and Hazel Sutcliffe started the company in 1947 when they created the first gas nozzle guard in their home. Their efforts soon turned into the rebuilding and then designing fuel nozzles that would revolutionize the industry. The innovations gained widespread acceptance by gas station owners across the country. Husky Corp. has amassed more than 75 patents domestically and internationally.
“We are proud of our U.S.-based manufacturing team,” said Grenville Sutcliffe, president of Husky Corp. “Thanks to the innovation of our engineers, our product line continues to grow. That’s because we put customers first. We try to solve their problems. None of this company’s success would be possible without a strong and dedicated team.”
The company’s general fueling products include nozzles, swivels, Safe-T-Breaks and accessories for service station fuel delivery systems. In recent years, the company implemented an acquisition strategy that expanded its product portfolio into related industries including BJE Lube and Oil Products, Hewitt Aviation Fueling Products and S.U.R.&R. Fluid Line Repair Solutions. Husky also has formed strategic partnerships with Benecor DEF dispensing and storage systems, Enevo Logistics Optimization and RS Liquid Loading Arms.
Several employees have been with the company many years. Tammy Steffens, for example, joined Husky in 1983 and is responsible for accounts payable/production control.
“The Sutcliffes have been wonderful,” she said. “The best thing about it is the family-oriented atmosphere. It was that way when I started and continues to feel that way today.”
Texas-based C&L Pump Service Inc. owners Luis and Christina Magallanes credit Husky for the opportunity to be a direct distributor 10 years ago.
“The quality of their product is excellent,” Christina Magallanes said. “Anything you need, the employees make it happen. They will go beyond in giving you what you need.”