One hundred years is a long time in any business. For Victaulic, born in the dark depths of the First World War when a method was needed to quickly and quietly lay pipe across the trenches of WWI battlefields, 2019 marks a century of innovative pipe joining systems – every bit as valid in industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction today is it was then.
The British battlefield engineers needed piping that could be laid across a battlefield quicker than with flanged and/or welded joints. British Lieutenant Ernest Tribe is credited with inventing the mechanical coupling. This ‘invasion piping’ became known as ‘Victory’ piping.
After the war, in April 2019, Tribe filed a patent on the coupling. Later in the year, Tribe and other investors formed The Victory Pipe Joint Co. in London. In Britain, ‘victory’ was combined with ‘hydraulic’ and Victaulic was born.
Now known as the Victaulic coupling, the invention enabled critical piping infrastructure to be installed more quickly, safely and cost-effectively than traditional methods. The coupling went on to revolutionize the construction industry.
“For 100 years, Victaulic’s reputation has been built on customer collaboration, delivering new technologies that enable productivity, and reducing risk across the construction lifecycle,” said Victaulic Chairman president CEO John F. Malloy. “Our Centennial ‘Innoversary’ is not only an opportunity to look back on our achievements, but it’s also great motivation to make our next century even more valuable for our customers and rewarding for our employees.”
Today, one billion Victaulic solutions have been installed worldwide in some of the world’s most important, iconic and ground-breaking construction projects, including the Hoover Dam, Eiffel Tower, Beijing Olympic Stadium, Petronas Towers and Hudson Yards.
The company’s 4,000 employees are spread among 37 branches, 13 manufacturing facilities and five foundries around the world. They proudly serve customers in 120 countries with a variety of application solutions across diverse industries, such as commercial buildings, oil, gas and chemical facilities, power generation facilities, mining operations, and municipal and clean water operations.
Victaulic has been part of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley business community for almost 40 years, having first been headquartered in New York City. Victaulic’s “Innoversary” coincides with current expansions and investments that will add close to one million square feet to Victaulic’s manufacturing operations, expanding manufacturing capacity to serve customers around the globe. Set to open in 2020, the new, state-of-the-art manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, a 400,000 square-foot facility, is the result of increased domestic demand for the company’s products and the company’s desire to manufacture its products in close proximity to its customers. Additional global expansions include the company’s facilities in Dalian, China; Drezdenko, Poland; and Ontario.
“Our next 100 years will include more customer-centric innovation as technology grows more rapidly than ever before and we continue to make strategic R&D investments,” said Malloy. “Our company is an exceptional place to work because of the dedication of our employees and a shared passion for customer excellence across the entire global Victaulic family.”
Victaulic will celebrate its centennial throughout 2019. For more information about Victaulic’s 100 Years of Innovation please visit www.victaulic.com/100-years-innovation.