American Flow Control Announces Plans For Valve And Hydrant Research Center

| May 26, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By AMERICAN Flow Control

AMERICAN Flow Control, the valve and hydrant division of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, headquartered in Birmingham, has announced the formation of AMERICAN Innovation, LLC, a company dedicated to research and development. The company plans to build the AMERICAN Flow Control Center for Innovative Excellence in Crawfordsville, Indiana, beginning this summer.

The 30,000-square-foot facility will cost $9 million to $12 million to build. Once completed, it will employ approximately eight research and development personnel. The facility will include the latest equipment and technologies for enhancing existing valve and hydrant products, as well as developing new infrastructure-related products. “It will expand our research and design functions, allowing us to fast-track innovations to get products to market more quickly,” said John Hagelskamp, division sales manager for AMERICAN Flow Control.

One-third of the facility will be offices and labs; the remainder will be a shop for building and testing product prototypes. The facility will be situated on 17 acres, providing for both indoor and outdoor product testing. “Crawfordsville was chosen in part because of the variable weather conditions it experiences,” Hagelskamp said. “It will be ideal for evaluating the impact of changing environmental conditions on products.”Also, incentives from state and local governments were a draw, and being just outside Indianapolis, the facility will be easily accessible and near several major engineering schools. “We look forward to consistently bringing new ideas and products to our customers,” Hagelskamp said.

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