Hydra-Zorb Celebrates 50 Years as Industry Innovator and Leader

Mar 15, 2016, 13:47 ET from Hydra-Zorb Co.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Auburn Hills-based Hydra-Zorb Co., today's standard for cushion clamp products that can easily be affixed to hydraulic or HVAC/R lines to limit vibration, shock or corrosion, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 with another record sales year. 

Hydra-Zorb cushion clamps and Klo-Shure insulation couplings, the company's primary products, are simple but essential components in projects ranging from small power units for hydraulics to refrigerant lines for grocery stores.

Hydra-Zorb experienced growth of 35% in the past two years, setting sales records along the way.  The company employs 26, several of whom have been with Hydra-Zorb for more than two decades. 

"We're extraordinarily proud of our heritage of innovation, customer service, and employee involvement," says Robert Dodge, president of Hydra-Zorb. "Yet, after 50 years we know that we need to continue to find new and better ways of doing business." 

In 1965, Hydra-Zorb founder Orval Opperthauser was a young engineer working for a major supplier of automotive machine tools. When Pontiac Motor Division needed a way to absorb vibrational shock in hydraulic lines, Opperthauser designed a cushioned shock-absorbing clamp that could be installed directly on to the hydraulic lines, saving a month of costly tear down and lost production time. 

Fifty years later, his invention is at the center of today's Hydra-Zorb Company and his three business absolutes  -- the best product, the best service and "absolute trust" – are still the foundation upon which the company runs. 

Despite new competitors at home and abroad, Hydra-Zorb's client retention remains strong.  Dodge attributes this to the business absolutes and to the company's Customer Bill of Rights – exceptional quality, prompt shipments, competitive pricing and customer respect.  "Those absolutes and promises are clear, simple and measureable.  The few customers who have tried other suppliers tend to return to Hydra-Zorb after experiencing lower quality, long lead times and poor customer service elsewhere," says Dodge. 

Hydra-Zorb continues its founder's emphasis on employee retention with the belief that satisfied employees build better parts.  The company plans to add a number of employees in 2016. "We'll have some fresh faces, but we'll always look for people who fit our culture of teamwork" Dodge says.  "Our corporate values and our dedicated employees have been a winning formula for Hydra-Zorb for 50 years.  We're going to stick with them and see how much further we can grow in the next 50."

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About Hydra-Zorb Co.

Hydra-Zorb Co. has been the leader in the strut mounted clamp market for 50 years, offering a wide variety of solutions when shock, vibration and corrosion are a problem. As the originator of the cushion clamp assembly, Hydra-Zorb is the name to request in the fluid power, pneumatic, refrigeration and HVAC industries.

SOURCE Hydra-Zorb Co.