At Hi-Vac Corporation, focusing on the environment and sustainability are the foundation of our livelihood and business. For over 40 years Hi-Vac has provided products and systems that tackle some of the toughest infrastructure, maintenance and clean-up challenges in the world. The B-Series and Guardian combination sewer cleaners by Aquatech feature a rear-mounted hose reel, providing a safer and more comfortable working environment for operators. The Aquatech B-Series Rear-mounted Hose Reel Combination Sewer Cleaner is ideal for any size municipality, water and sewer district, or contractor who is cleaning storm drains, catch basins and/or sewers. Excellent for sanitary and storm sewer cleaning, water leak repair and emergency excavation. Also ideal for sewer line bypass for sewer repair/relining/replacement work.
From the largest metropolitan city to the most critical power plant, Hi-Vac products work behind the scenes maintaining the infrastructure, improving air quality, non-destructively excavating, recycling, cleaning and maintaining the environment.
Our Aquatech™ brand products provide the best combination vacuum jetter technology for municipalities worldwide. Aquatech trucks deliver unsurpassed performance for use in the cleaning of underground piping, catch basins, storm sewers, lift stations, and treatment plants.
Our O’Brien® brand products are the preferred jetter technology for municipalities and specialty contractors who utilize dedicated jetting technology.
The X-Vac® products are known throughout the specialty contractor community as the most powerful and reliable contractor trucks available. X-Vac Hydro-Excavators set the industry standard as a safe and efficient method for locating underground utilities, exposing broken water lines, cleaning out potholes, and vacuuming a wide range of materials.
The Hi-Vac® product brand, the first product line under the Hi-Vac Corporation umbrella, is the market leader in industrial vacuum technology used by industrial facilities worldwide. You’ll find Hi-Vac equipment in power plants, chemical plants, glass manufacturing, cement facilities, foundries and a wide range of manufacturing facilities where safety, efficiency, recycling, environmental compliance, and effective material management are critical.
Leading professionals at municipalities, specialty contractors, and industrial facilities prefer Hi-Vac products because they know Hi-Vac is the trusted solution when efficiency, power, and reliability are paramount.
At the heart of every Hi-Vac product is innovation based on hands-on experience. We make it our business to know the application as well as the engineering and manufacturing of our products. Our staff of engineers, service technicians, and training professionals work hand-in-hand with our customers and local partners to provide personal training, start-up, and aftermarket support.
In addition to a comprehensive range of products, Hi-Vac Corporation provides engineering support to custom-tailor equipment and systems for even the most demanding applications. We provide aftermarket services including field service, parts, rentals, leasing, and rebuild services to complete the circle of customer satisfaction and support.
The operational cost efficiency of Hi-Vac products is built-in, resulting in an industry-leading return on investment with maximum safety and ease-of-operation. Our unique modular design concepts deliver clean and intuitive controls and simple, planned maintenance accessibility for critical system components. Managers, operators, and maintenance staff all appreciate the quality, simplicity, and reliability of Hi-Vac designs.
- Hi-Vac systems are customized to provide a wide range of truck chassis, control interfaces, and option packages to meet the specific requirements of our customers.
- Every Hi-Vac product is engineered, manufactured, and quality-tested at one of our world-class manufacturing facilities.
- Each sale is supported through local authorized dealers and partners with expertise in training, operation, and maintenance of our products.
- Innovative and cost-effective products
- Robust and reliable components
- Operator-friendly designs
- Highest-performing and most reliable systems
- Best engineering, manufacturing, and quality processes
- Thorough local field training and operational support
- Knowledgeable and customer-focused support professionals
Hi-Vac Corporation was founded in 1969 and was based in the Chicago, Illinois area for approximately 20 years.
Originally named National Foundry Equipment International (“NFE International”), the company was formed to supply industrial vacuums for general housekeeping to the foundry industry. Prior to its introduction, plant cleanup was still being done by laborers with brooms, shovels, and wheelbarrows. The company developed the industrial vacuum cleaner which they called the “Hi-Vac”. This industrial vacuum was an entirely new concept in foundry housekeeping. With it, one person replaced an entire work crew. He could clean elevator pits, dust collectors, catwalks, conveyors, and operating equipment in minutes instead of hours.
Spills from conveyor breakdowns could be quickly picked up to allow immediate repairs. Many clean-up jobs could be done during regular working hours without costly overtime. Valuable materials could be vacuumed up and recycled. In short, the Hi-Vac industrial vacuum cleaner reduced the cost of foundry cleanup and, at the same time, substantially reduced the exposure of employees to noxious or harmful materials.
The problems of waste, spillage, and the need to recover reusable materials are common to many industries. Hi-Vac industrial vacuum cleaners were soon being put into service in cement plants, steel mills, shipyards, chemical plants and other bulk solids handling and processing facilities.
The Move & Acquisitions
In September 1989, Mr. Rudolph John Lehman purchased Hi-Vac and relocated it to the Marietta Industrial Park in Marietta, Ohio. The move was completed by December 7, 1989.
In July of 1991, Hi-Vac Corporation purchased the assets of UltraVac, one of its competitors since 1968. The production was moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the Marietta plant. The product line was folded in under one corporate name, Hi-Vac Corporation.
In June 1999, Hi-Vac Corporation purchased Aquatech Inc. Aquatech had been in business since 1964 producing a complete line of sewer cleaning equipment. Upon acquisition, the Aquatech product line was moved from Twinsburg, Ohio, to Marietta, Ohio.
In April of 2001, Hi-Vac Corporation started a subsidiary in Beijing, China called Beijing Hi-Vac. Today, the Beijing operation produces a full line of Hi-Vac equipment and caters to the Asian market with a focus on China.
Hi-Vac Corporation acquired O’Brien Manufacturing in 2006. As with the previous stateside acquisitions, the production was moved to Marietta. O’Brien has been making trailer and truck mounted sewer cleaning equipment since 1945.