Where We Are Today
Today, Elwood not only continues providing support to the steel, aluminum, and petro-chemical industries, but has expanded into servicing custom applications for low to medium quantity runs in both water and oil applications. As a company of engineers, we pride ourself on finding a unique solution to fit our customers needs.
The Elwood Corporation is located south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Once known as the "Workshop of America", this area contained the heaviest concentration of specialist metal machining and processing industries in the United States. Positioned within industry experts has allowed Elwood an advantage in product development and follow up service. Through diligent research, now combining local precision and global sourcing allows Elwood to offer the highest quality stainless steel valves at cost comprehensive pricing.
About Our Products
The Elwood product line is designed for applications using HFA fluids (soluble oils, other water-based low viscosity fluids) as well as water itself. Providing stainless steel valves with drop tight sealing designs provides our customers with long term valve productivity. Our design allows drop-tight seals even in the harshest environments.
Elwood is the high pressure applications specialist! Our history is rooted in serving steel mills, aluminum mills, and petro-chemical industries! Whether it's heavy lifting, descaling steel or decoking petroleum drums, we have stainless steel valves for either new or facility replacement developments.
At Elwood, we are very conscious of our heritage. Even today, there is an occasional repair or parts inquiry for one of the old RD Wood valves. Now, as then, quality and robustness with attention to servicing our customers needs are prime considerations resulting in mutual success for both our customers and Elwood.
Our History in Fluid Power
Our confidence is through long term industry knowledge. In 1803, less than a decade after Joseph Bramah ushered in the era of modern hydraulics by patenting the first hydrostatic press, the RD Wood & Griffin Pipe Companies were established. The focus of these companies was valves and pipes. The Charles Elmes Engineering Works, which became the Elmes Press & Valve Company, was founded in 1851 and manufactured water valves, systems and presses.
These two companies existed independently until the early 1960s when they were purchased by the Nordberg Heavy Machinery Group of Milwaukee. Nordberg combined and expanded both product lines. New developments were centered around the "new" poppet valve technology and the extension of the spindle valve range. In 1972, the company Rex Chainbelt bought Nordberg Machinery Group, changing its name to Rexnord. In 1983, the Elwood Electronics Company purchased the Hydraulic Products Division of Rexnord, which subsequently became the Fluid Power Group of the Elwood Corporation.
In 1984, the Elwood Corporation purchased the Rexnord Press Division (previously Elmes Presses), which merged with the Elwood Hydraulics Division, now Elwood Fluid Power.