Founded in a garage in St. Louis by Joseph Krechel in 1963, Control Devices began its early history as an innovative designer and manufacturer of check valves and controls for air compressor OEMs. The company remained solely in the control of the Krechel family for nearly 45 years, when Corridor Capital, LLC, a California-based private equity firm, acquired majority ownership in June of 2007.
Through a series of successful acquisitions (Hunter-Fritz in 2008, Robert Manufacturing Company in 2010, Drain-All® in 2011, and KeepFlo™ in 2012), the company was able to broaden its product offering to the point where it now includes products and components for pressure washers, air compressors, fire suppression systems, vehicle systems, specialty gas applications, refrigeration and air conditioning, and the agricultural and food & beverage industries. Specific products include a wide variety of specialty valves, nozzles, condensate traps, and refrigeration distributors.
Today, Control Devices is a financially strong and growing business. To support this growth and to position the company for further success, Control Devices moved into a new, consolidated headquarters and manufacturing facility in Fenton, Missouri in January 2012.
Other drains can clog, why doesn't the Drain-All? Other drain trap devices with small orifices and poppet style valves or gasket discharge seals are prone to clog when solid debris is present. Their mechanics are inside the trap reservoir or connected to it in such a way as to make them susceptible to oils and debris as well as being complex, fragile and prone to failure. Each Drain-All has a large, smooth liquid flow path and discharge port as well as a heavy duty shear action ball valve designed to alleviate this problem.