It doesn’t seem like that long ago when a few of us were walking through Hydra-Tech Pumps’ original location in an industrial park in Mt. Holly, NJ. At the time the founder and his business partner were selling the company, and we were wide-eyed, trying to assess the operation, people, manufacturing equipment, products, and everything else in a fairly short visit. Honestly speaking we knew what we were looking at, and at the same time had no idea what we were looking at. Fortunately at some point after this visit we decided to buy Hydra-Tech Pumps from Ken and his business partner – and 15 years have blazed by since that transaction occurred in October of 2005.
We immediately began working on the two largest and most important tasks in front of us. We had to learn the business – every aspect – in anticipation of moving Hydra-Tech Pumps at some point to Pennsylvania. Staffing needs, equipment needs, vendors, customers, infrastructure requirements, computer systems, records, accounting system – everything involved in the day to day operation of the business needed evaluated in anticipation of the move so that it could be properly planned and executed.
The other important task in front of us was finding a new home for the business in or close to Nesquehoning Pennsylvania, near another company we were involved in at the time. We looked at numerous buildings and were fortunate enough to find a new home for Hydra-Tech Pumps – it wasn’t a perfect space but we could make it work and it was in Nesquehoning where we wanted to be. Once the building and property were acquired we got to work modifying the facility to accommodate the manufacturing requirements. Eventually we were ready and in August of 2007 Hydra-Tech Pumps moved from Mt. Holly, New Jersey where it was born 30 years earlier in 1977, to Nesquehoning, PA.
When we started operations in our new home, we had 9 employees. In the 15 years since the acquisition and subsequent move, the number of employees has grown to 18 and we have been successful in growing the business. In 2019 we added 8000 square feet of new manufacturing and warehouse space to the existing building to allow for some of the growth we’ve seen and additional growth we plan for.
Despite the challenges faced in 2020 we are optimistic about our future. A lot of time and effort has been spent through the years growing the business and extending our domestic and international reach and presence through the expanded network of partners. We plan on continuing these efforts and can’t wait to see what the next 15 years have in store for Hydra-Tech Pumps. We hope that our valued customers will continue to be with us on our journey.