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ACCOR Technology
www.accortechnology.com / HQ: East Wenatchee, Wash. / Specialty: Plumbing fittings /
Jerry O'Neill, president and CEO: "We were the pioneer of push-fit technology in the U.S. markets."

West

Pushing
On

accor technology
continues to grow its
facility to meet demand.
by stephanie crets
Pioneering the first push-fit supply stop valve for plumbing fixtures,
ACCOR Technology has created an
entirely new plumbing technology
category that has since brought other
manufacturers into the fold. Since its
inception in 1988, ACCOR has striven to design and manufacture American-made, innovative, health-safe
plumbing fittings that are easy to install, reliable and cost-effective.
President Jerry O'Neill partnered
with Rawley Taplett, the largest independent apple grower in Wenatchee,
Wash., to create ACCOR Technology,
based on the idea for a push-fit valve
that could be installed without using
tools. After a few years of research
and development, O'Neill began filing
patents for a new push-fit coupling
technology with the vision of incorporating this technology into many
types of plumbing fittings.
"We chose to improve a ubiquitous
product called the angle-stop valve
that's under every kitchen sink in
America," O'Neill says. "Incorporating the patented PUSHON technology
into the angle-stop valve proved to be
a game changer in the marketplace."
ACCOR started from scratch, raising its capital from private investors.
O'Neill, a Michigan Technological
University graduate with 16-years experience with Owens Corning, trademarked the name, PUSHON, and
gradually rolled out his product into
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accor manufactures its product
entirely in the united states and
can compete with valves made in
china with lower labor costs.

the construction industry. "We then
developed a family of products based
on the core design and functionality
of this PUSHON technology, which
could also be integrated into all future
products," O'Neill explains. "We were
the pioneers of push-fit technology in
the U.S. markets."
ACCOR then went state by state to
obtain plumbing code approvals. This
proved to be a difficult task because
the PUSHON valve is made from
polymers versus traditional brass and

utilizes a different application for connecting to the pipe. "I guess you could
say we were disruptive in the market
because we were introducing something that wasn't the old soldering
and gluing," O'Neill says. "It was completely different in that all you had to
do was push the valve onto the pipe."
O'Neill's idea proved successful
and eventually the innovative product
took off in the marketplace. ACCOR
focused primarily on the residential
housing market and companies that


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