October 23rd, 2013 by Jacqui Blanton

Pentair

“From the start, Pentair has been a company driven by vision, while grounded in the practical application of the best available ideas.”

Pentair has products and a history that dates back to more than 150 years ago. Their business has always been stemmed in innovation and they have designed and engineered many important flow management and heat solution products in the industry. Dating as far back as 1859, their products have been an important part of many countries’ industries and have helped to engineer industry operations in energy and processing. They have also established important infrastructure in the construction of power plants and water pipelines.

On August 31, 1966, Murray Harpole, Vern Stone, Vincent Follmer, Leroy Nelson, and Gary Ostrand founded Pentair Industries, Inc. they based their name on the Greek root penta-, which is a reference to the five founding partners. They purchased Peavey Paper Mills in 1968, and grew in the paper industry throughout the 1970’s. They also began to diversify their business portfolio into industrial products in 1978. In 1981, they made their first major investment in a non-paper business and acquired Porter-Cable, a manufacturer of portable electric power tools. The team closely examined opportunities for stronger growth and higher shareholder returns. With continued improvement, they again upgraded their portfolio in 2004 and plunged into the water industry.

They completed the acquisition of Wicor Industries, bringing more than 5,000 passionate employees and market-leading brands such as Sta-Rite, SHURflo, and Hypro to the Pentair water portfolio. In 2008, Pentair and General Electric solidified its $2 billion water technology business to serve multiple industries worldwide. Today, they continue to grow and strengthen their offering in water technology and bring innovative solutions to bear on the world’s ever-increasing water consumption needs.

In 2010, Pentair became “The Official Sustainable Water Provider” for the Minnesota Twins baseball organization and Target Field. They donated a Rain Water Recycle System designed to allow the Minnesota Twins to recycle rain water and then use it to wash down the lower decks of the stadium and irrigate the ball field. It’s estimated that Pentair helped reduce the need for municipal water at Target Field by over 50 percent. Pentair has built their name on innovation, reliability, and a change for the better.

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