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Swagelok celebrates 60 years in business

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article image Breathing Pack used by Apollo 9 Astronauts

In 1947, Crawford Valve and Fitting Company was formed with the original Swagelok tube fitting now recognised as the superior choice among competition.

The full range of Swagelok valves was introduced in the 1960s, and in the late 1990s Swagelok unified its brands; Cajon, Nupro, Whitey and Sno-trik under the Swagelok name.

The founder of Swagelok , Fred Lennon, espoused the company’s guiding principle be eternally vigilant on quality. It has been said that Lennon could tell the character of a person who he just met by the way they looked after their shoes.

It was this commitment to excellence in quality in his own character and in his company’s product manufacture that proved invaluable when in 1969, Russell L. Rusty Schweikart stepped out of the Apollo Lunar 9 module orbiting 192 km above earth wearing a breathing pack that contained Swagelok valves and fittings.

In the years that followed, Swagelok products proved their worth on the Viking 1 spacecraft voyage to Mars, Alvin (an advanced deep sea submersible) and recently in the construction of the all new Boeing 787 Aircraft, with hundreds of airliners pre-sold to industry giants including Qantas, Australia.

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