Joseph Oat Corporation

Joseph Oat Corporation

Joseph Oat Corporation is a world renowned designer and fabricator of pressure vessels, reactors, columns, heat exchangers, and other specialty items for the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear power, and other commercial industries. Family owned and operated since 1788, the company has gained its reputation by providing high quality equipment in a great variety of alloys for some of the most demanding and critical applications.

Company details

2500 Broadway / Drawer 10 , Camden , New Jersey 08104 USA

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Industry Type:
Energy - Nuclear Power
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

This company also provides solutions for other industrial applications.
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Joseph Oat Corporation, a name synonymous with pressure vessel and heat exchanger quality and reliability for many decades, is conveniently located on the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey, directly across the river from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our deep water port location allows us to economically ship equipment worldwide. In addition, our facility is readily accessible by rail and truck for shipments anywhere within North America.

Joseph Oat Corporation’s plant consists of 120,000 sq. ft. (11,150 sq. M) of manufacturing space, with 60 ft. clearance under the crane hook. Capable of lifts exceeding 160 tons, our shop can fabricate immense and complex vessels and weldments, or can manufacture small and very tight tolerance equipment for specialized services. Most equipment we produce is designed and fabricated in accordance with ASME Code standards, including ASME Section I, Section III (Class 1, 2, and 3), and Section VIII Div 1 and 2. Included in our facility is a 20,000 sq. ft. (1860 sq. M) segregated room which can function as a fully enclosed and ventilated clean room for the fabrication of reactive metal equipment such as titanium and zirconium. The clean room is also utilized for certain specialized fabrications where segregation of corrosion resistant material away from carbon steel is critical.

Joseph Oat is a technology leader. Our expertise in heat transfer technology has provided many customers with innovative and economically viable solutions to their specific problems. In addition to being licensees of HTRI™ and AspenTech™ software, we perform beta testing on this software and provide input through various communications committees as well. Our charter membership and leadership role in TEMA assures that we will remain influential in heat exchanger design technology now and in the future. In addition to performing mechanical and thermal rating of heat exchangers, Joseph Oat also performs seismic analysis and finite element analysis on pressure vessels of all types when required by customer specification. All of our customers benefit by our sophisticated Quality Assurance Program. This Program is structured to comply with the most stringent federal and ASME Code nuclear quality assurance standards, as well as international standards of quality, including ISO 9001. Our many years of experience in providing safety related equipment and equipment for severe industrial applications have given us a unique perspective on the relationship between an effective quality program and the consistent quality of our products and services themselves.

The combination of Joseph Oat’s deep experience and sufficient size enables us to tackle the largest and most challenging projects, yet Joseph Oat is small enough to provide the buyer with a true sense of old-fashioned service. Our employees are the key to our success and strength. We are not a company managed by a corporate conglomerate. Our owners work side by side with our employees and deliver a level of service that is uncommon in this industry and is highly valued by our customers. Even as a small business, we can do big things for our customers.

Joseph Oat Corporation (originally Joseph Oat and Sons) is the oldest continuously operating industrial fabrication business in the United States. Founded in 1788 in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was likely patronized by the U.S. founding fathers on their sojourns through narrow cobblestone streets. Started by Jesse Oat, the company sold copper works such as kettles and utensils, competing with other craftsmen including Paul Revere. Jesse’s son Joseph continued in his father’s footsteps adding brass and sheet-iron work to the product offering. Exquisite copper plates and lamps became the company’s forte. They also built stills, steam engine boilers, and pressure vessels for soda water bottlers.

Ownership of Joseph Oat and Sons remained in the Oat family until the late 1800’s, when the business was sold to their accountant. In 1966, the business was acquired by its current owners, and the name changed to Joseph Oat Corporation. The business rapidly expanded and moved from its quaint 10,000 sq. ft. Philadelphia location to its current sprawling complex along the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey.

The Joseph Oat name has always been synonymous with quality. From its inception as a producer of hand-made copper parts to today’s sophisticated pressure vessels, reactors, columns, heat exchangers, and other specialty items, the company has retained its reputation for supplying the highest quality equipment available anywhere in the world. We remain a privately owned and family operated business and continue our long tradition of providing a high level of personal service with easy access to management. While many of our competitors need to please their corporate stockholders, Oat needs to please only its customers.