Founded in a garage in St. Louis by Joseph Krechel in 1963, Control Devices began its early history as an innovative designer and manufacturer of check valves and controls for air compressor OEMs. The company remained solely in the control of the Krechel family for nearly 45 years, when Corridor Capital, LLC, a California-based private equity firm, acquired majority ownership in June of 2007.
Through a series of successful acquisitions (Hunter-Fritz in 2008, Robert Manufacturing Company in 2010, Drain-All® in 2011, and KeepFlo™ in 2012), the company was able to broaden its product offering to the point where it now includes products and components for pressure washers, air compressors, fire suppression systems, vehicle systems, specialty gas applications, refrigeration and air conditioning, and the agricultural and food & beverage industries. Specific products include a wide variety of specialty valves, nozzles, condensate traps, and refrigeration distributors.
Today, Control Devices is a financially strong and growing business. To support this growth and to position the company for further success, Control Devices moved into a new, consolidated headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fenton, Missouri in January 2012.