Parker Hannifin celebrates 100th anniversary

The Parker Appliance Company, a manufacturer of pneumatic brake systems and leak-free fittings, was founded by Arthur L Parker and developed in the early years with his business partner Carl Klamm in a small loft in Cleveland, Ohio.

The first patent issued in Arthur Parker’s name details a hydraulic device which regulates the speed of electric generators. In the 100 years since, the company has been granted more than 8000 patents in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets, including life sciences, oil and gas, construction and agriculture.

“This year we honour the past and the great achievements that have come before us, and celebrate the people, culture and values that have made Parker the company it is today,” said Tom Williams, Parker Hannifin chairman and CEO. “Our remarkable team members are the foundation of Parker’s success, and they will continue to drive the company’s growth as we look ahead to a promising future over the next 100 years.”

Parker Hannifin is planning to celebrate its centennial milestone through a series of events throughout the year to honour its team members, customers, shareholders and communities. This will include localized company birthday parties, a commemorative book detailing Parker Hannifin’s first century, a travelling display featuring company memorabilia and products and community service initiatives.

The company has launched a centennial website at .