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July 13, 2017

A brand new day has dawned for Sullair!

Early July 13, 2017 – The day before our company’s 52nd birthday, Sullair officially became A Hitachi Group Company. The combination of Sullair and Hitachi represents a uniquely attractive opportunity for Sullair, its distributors and its end customers. 

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Sullair 1600H Tier 4 Final chosen for Rental’s 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards

Michigan City, IN (October 16, 2017) – Rental, a nationally recognized magazine serving equipment rental professionals for the past 39 years, has selected the Sullair 1600H Tier 4 Final portable air compressor as a recipient of one of its 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards!

The Sullair 1600H was chosen as a winner for the 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards based on several factors including innovation, utility for the rental market, and audience engagement online at ForConstructionPros.com/Rental.

Introduced to the general public at ConExpo 2017 in Las Vegas, the Sullair 1600H Tier 4 Final marks a triumphant return to the big air category. Powered by the legendary Sullair 25 Series air end and a reliable Caterpillar C15 engine, the 1600H provides versatile operation – delivering 1600 cfm at 100/150psi. Compared to previous models, the Sullair 1600H is 20 percent smaller and 2,500 pounds lighter making for easier maneuverability, storage, handling and transit. Improved usability was also key to the redesign. A durable seven-inch touch screen controller provides easy access to all compressor and engine operation information. Plus, an easy-operation valve provides simple connection to external diesel fuel supplies – extending jobsite run time beyond the standard 10 hours provided by the onboard fuel source.

Customer response to the new Sullair 1600H has been strong. “Our customers have been very attracted to the modern design,” according to Russell Warner, VP Rental & Infrastructure Sales for Sullair. “The touch screen controller makes jobsite operation simple and easy – with all operating parameters readily available. And the open design of the unit with access to all service items makes maintenance significantly easier – which helps extend the life of the compressor.”

“We wanted to launch a product that embodies our brand promise: Reliability, Durability and Performance,” Friedmar Rumpel, Global VP of Product and Program Management for Sullair said. “The Sullair team listened closely to our customers and developed a portable compressor which we feel is the best we have ever offered. The Rental Editor’s Choice Award is an affirmation of our team’s efforts to employ their passion and expertise to create value for our customers.”

“We’re excited to present the 2017 Editor’s Choice Award winners. As always, this year’s winning products represent the best of what leading manufacturers have to offer for today’s rental inventories,” says Jenny Lescohier, editor of Rental. “Products chosen for this honor are those that construction professionals have shown active interest in, so it follows they’ll be looking for them at their preferred rental source. We’re pleased to offer this useful insight to our readers.”

The editorial teams from Rental and ForConstructionPros.com/Rental compiled web page views from products featured online at ForConstructionPros.com/Rental and then considered those that received the most interest against a set of criteria to determine the winners. The result is the 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards, a listing of the industry’s favored products. Additional information on award recipients can be found in the October/November issue of Rental magazine and online at ForConstructionPros.com/Rental.

 

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Sullair Balloon Pilot Shawn Raya

Sullair Balloon Pilot Wins Great Lakes Regional Championship, Spot on 2019 U.S. National Team

Sullair hot air balloon pilot Shawn Raya was recently named the overall winner of the 2018 Flag City BalloonFest Championship and the Great Lakes Regional Championship, an event managed by the Balloon Federation of America (BFA). The high-stakes event allowed the top two overall finishers of the Great Lakes Regionals to receive spots on the BFA’s 2019 U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship to be held in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The National Championship is an annual week-long event that brings together top balloon competitors from across the U.S. as they vie for the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the biennial World Hot Air Balloon Championship. Raya attended the World Championship in 2016.

“I am honored to once again represent the U.S. in the 2019 Nationals,” said Raya. “Weather conditions were tough and there was a highly competitive field, but we are pleased we came out on top.”

In the Great Lakes Regionals, Raya topped 31 competing pilots, while the Flag City BalloonFest had 32 pilots competing.

Sullair Way street sign unveiled at the Sullair-Hitachi one-year anniversary celebration

Sullair Michigan City Campus Renamed to 1 Sullair Way

MICHIGAN CITY, INDIANA (August 13, 2018) – In partnership with the City of Michigan City, Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced its address is changing for only the third time in its 53-year history. In cooperation with Michigan City, the entry road from Michigan Boulevard to the Sullair campus has been named Sullair Way. Effective immediately, the Sullair Michigan City campus address becomes 1 Sullair Way, Michigan City, Indiana 46360.

“We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Sullair and now Hitachi,” said Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer at an employee celebration attended by nearly 1,200 Sullair and Hitachi employees and family members. “A great deal of work went into this, and we are proud to recognize the impact Sullair continues to have on our community.”

The ceremonial announcement of the new Sullair address occurred August 3rd during a celebration held on the Sullair campus recognizing the one year anniversary of Sullair becoming A Hitachi Group Company.  Mayor Meer was joined by Hitachi Executive Vice President Masakazu “Mike” Aoki, Sullair President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Carlson and Sullair Chief Operating Officer Charlie Takeuchi to unveil the new street sign marking the intersection of Sullair Way and Michigan Blvd.

Sullair established its presence in Michigan City in 1965 at 500 North Carroll Avenue. In 1969, Sullair moved to its current campus at 3700 East Michigan Boulevard in Michigan City, now recognized as 1 Sullair Way.

Reflecting on the occasion and recognition, Charlie Takeuchi, Chief Operating Officer of Sullair, added, “Hitachi is very keen on expanding the Sullair business in Michigan City. We look forward to continuing to positively impact the local community. In the past year alone, we have added more than 110 new employees, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the City as we grow.”

About Sullair

Since 1965, Sullair has developed and manufactured air compressors with proven reliability and wear-free durability. Sullair is globally recognized as a leading manufacturer of air compressors for use in manufacturing, oil and gas operations, food processing, construction and more. Sullair has manufacturing capabilities in Michigan City, Indiana; and Shenzhen and Suzhou, China; as well as a JV (IHI-Sullair) based in Suzhou. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges, combining its operational technology, information technology, and products/systems. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2017 (ended March 31, 2018) totaled 9,368.6 billion yen ($88.4 billion). The Hitachi Group is an innovation partner for the IoT era, and it has approximately 307,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation with customers, Hitachi is deploying Social Innovation Business using digital technologies in a broad range of sectors, including Power/Energy, Industry/Distribution/Water, Urban Development, and Finance/Social Infrastructure/Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Sullair compressors working on the New NY Bridge Project

Sullair Compressors Spotted on New NY Bridge Project

Several Sullair 185 and 400H cfm portable air compressors have been spotted working on the New NY Bridge Project. Sullair compressors are providing power for bridgework.

The New NY Bridge project is located less than 20 miles north of New York City. The project will replace the 63-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge that connects Rockland County to Westchester County over the Hudson River with a new 3.1-mile twin-span, cable-stayed bridge to be named the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

The project is the single largest bridge construction project in New York's history and one of the largest single design-build contracts for a transportation project in the United States.

Photo credits: New York State Thruway Authority

Blake & Pendleton Territory Expanded for Sullair

MICHIGAN CITY, IN – 03/27/2018 – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced today it has expanded the sales and service territory for Blake & Pendleton, an independent Sullair distributor, to include North Carolina, Northern Mississippi, Eastern Arkansas and the greater Memphis area of Southern Tennessee. As an authorized distributor, Blake & Pendleton provides full customer sales, service and warranty support for all Sullair lines including compressors, air treatment products and Sullair Genuine Parts.

“Sullair is happy to provide our customers with a sales & service provider as strong and as well-respected as Blake & Pendleton,” according to Brian Tylisz, Vice President Commercial and Industrial Sales. “Equally impressive as their commitment to attracting and retaining the best compressed air talent is their investment in ongoing training in their people, providing customers with solutions that best fit their needs, and service that is second to none.”

“Next year, Blake & Pendleton, Inc. will celebrate our 40th anniversary representing Sullair,” states Allen King, Chief Executive Officer, Blake & Pendleton, Inc. “We are very honored to have Sullair’s continued confidence in our company’s ability to bring the best compressed air products and services to our market area. The Sullair and Blake & Pendleton partnership brings a level of engineering and service excellence to our customers that is unequaled.”

Headquartered in Macon, Georgia, Blake & Pendleton has branch offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham and Mobile Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Jackson, Mississippi; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, Charlotte, and Hickory, North Carolina. For more information about Blake & Pendleton visit blakeandpendleton.com.

About Sullair

Since 1965, Sullair has developed and manufactured air compressors with proven reliability and wear-free durability. Sullair is globally recognized as a leading manufacturer of air compressors for use in manufacturing, oil and gas operations, food processing, construction and more. The Sullair compressor line includes oil flooded as well as oil free compressors, including rotary screw, scroll, and centrifugal options. Sullair also offers a complete line of construction air tools, compressed air treatment equipment and vacuum systems. Customers around the world keep their compressors running optimally with a full line of aftermarket parts, fluids and services. Sullair has manufacturing capabilities in Michigan City, Indiana; and Shenzhen and Suzhou, China; as well as a JV (IHI-Sullair) based in Suzhou. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company.

The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business with over 300,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information, visit www.hitachi.com.

Precision Air Systems, Inc. Expands Sales Territory

Is Appointed Authorized Sullair Distributor for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties in California

MICHIGAN CITY, IN – October 5, 2017 – Sullair, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, is pleased to announce Precision Air Systems, Inc. has been appointed the authorized distributor for Sullair Commercial and Industrial Products for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, a territory that previously had no assigned distributor.

“Precision Air Systems continues to be an excellent partner for Sullair and we are excited about their growth into Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo,” according to Tim Sohnlein, Director of Sales, Commercial and Industrial Products “Their expert sales and service capabilities will be a tremendous asset in ensuring customers receive the compressed air solutions best suiting their application.”

Precision Air Systems, Inc. carries the full line of Sullair oil flooded compressors from 5 to 600 hp, plus the complete line of oil free and centrifugal compressors up to 30,000 hp. Additionally, they offer the complete Sullair air treatment system including compressed air dryers/filters/drains, industrial vacuum systems, flow controllers and Genuine Sullair Replacement Parts.

“Our team at Precision Air Systems is very excited to represent the Sullair line in the Central California Coastal area,” says Tom Duncan, Vice-President and General Manager. “We have represented Sullair in the Central valley for close to 18 years and have no doubt that they produce the most energy-efficient machines available in the compressor industry today. It’s our opinion that Sullair Compressors are the best in the industry for being a quality and rugged compressor. Their commitment to the lubricated, oil-free and centrifugal product lines, combined with our expertise in service and knowledge, provide tremendous growth opportunities for both companies well into the future.”

Located in Bakersfield, CA, Precision Air Systems offers guaranteed performance system installations and turnkey projects as part of their full-service approach to servicing industrial air compressor customers.

Precision Air Systems
4808 Ortiz Ct., Building C, Bakersfield, CA 93308 (661) 631-2295

About Sullair

Sullair was founded in Michigan City, Indiana in 1965, and has since expanded with a broad international network to serve customers in every corner of the globe. Sullair has offices in Chicago and facilities in the United States and China –– all ISO 9001 certified to assure the highest quality standards in manufacturing.

For more than 50 years, Sullair has been on the leading edge of compressed air solutions. We were one of the first to execute rotary screw technology in our air compressors. We made history by teaming up with Dow Chemical to produce one of the industry’s longest-lasting compressor fluids. And our machines are famous all over the world for their legendary durability. As the industry moves forward, Sullair will always be at the forefront with quality people, innovative solutions, and air compressors that are built to last. We have centered our operations around three key pillars: innovation, durability and people. For more information, visit www.sullair.com. Sullair is A Hitachi Group Company.