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Control Flow Inc. / HQ: Houston / 2009 sales: $50+ million / Employees: 100+ / Services: Drilling equipment / Jim Adams, managing director: “Do not fail to utilize the mentorship, leadership and knowledge of those who were there ahead of you.” The Jade Anniversary control flow inc. celebrates 35 years of manufacturing drilling equipment. by vicki martinka petersen control flow has been supplying equipment to the oil and gas industry for more than 35 years. For 35 years, Control Flow Inc. has strived to meet the market’s demands for its products and services. Originally founded in 1975 by three partners as a supplier of wellhead and gate valve equipment for the domestic oil and gas drilling and production industry, Control Flow has evolved as a worldwide supplier of pressure control equipment, tensioner and motion compensation equipment for the deep water offshore drilling and completion industry, and pipeline tensioner equipment for offshore pipeline laying vessels. Under the constant leadership and guidance of its president and owner, William D. “Bill” Laird, the remaining original partner, Control Flow has grown to become one of the most widely respected names in the petroleum industry. The company manufactures quality valves; offshore oil field drilling equipment; wellheads; production pressure control equipment; and motion compensation equipment, including pipe-handling equipment. Today, Control Flow’s products can be found in virtually every major drilling area in the world. In 1980, Control Flow moved to its present manufacturing facility and headquarters in Houston. This location is the center for Control Flow’s product lines, providing design, precision manufacturing, in-house testing and training. Virtually all critical manufacturing is performed in airconditioned comfort with numerically controlled equipment. The company has one field office in Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico, and works with numerous sales agents and distributors around the world, including the 100 SUMMER 2010

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Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010
Global Strategies
Continuous Improvement
Smart Pricing
Supply Chain
Business Value
Moving Forward
Westmark Products
Byrne Dairy
Ultrafryer Systems Inc.
Wil-Rich LLC & Wishek MFG LLC
American Precision Fabricators
Aqua Products Inc.
Black Diamond Equipment
Columbian Home Products
Control Devices LLC
Endustra Filter Manufacturers Inc
Heil Trailer International
Assembled Products
Order-Matic Corp.
Professional Building Systems Inc.
Smart Start Inc
Bosal International
Ausco Products Inc.
Brodart Company
Cambrex Corp.
Chapin International Inc.
Cleveland Gear Co.
Consolidated Precision Products
Control Flow Inc.
Douglas Autotech Corp.
Fetzer Architectural Products
The FNA Group
Fourslide Spring and Stamping Inc.
G.A. West & Company
Great Lakes Power Group
Grimm Brothers Plastics
Legends Furniture Inc.
National Tube Supply Co.
Optex Systems Inc.
Sunburst Electronics
V.E. Enterprises Inc
W. Soule & Company
Manufacturing Tomorrow

Manufacturing Today - Summer 2010