Rodney Hunt Company - VAG Valve and Gate Group

Rodney Hunt Company - VAG Valve and Gate Group

Rodney Hunt Company designs, manufactures, and markets a full range of cast and fabricated gates, focusing on the specific needs of the flow control industry. Our team of professionals brings over 175 years of experience designing customized solutions to a variety of flow control challenges, and can bring an impressive range of expertise to your planning and decision-making process. We pride ourselves on providing genuine responsiveness to your needs throughout the design, manufacturing, and installation processes. Our engineering team is available for consultation during all phases of your project, and our knowledgeable field service team is always ready to provide on-site support.

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46 Mill Street , Orange , Massachusetts 01364 USA
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Manufacturing, Other
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
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Our vision is to provide safe and reliable flow control solutions for challenging applications around the world. 

Our engineers and team of experienced sales representatives will help you select the right products to meet your system requirements and are available throughout all phases of the project.

We bring exceptional quality to every project, from design to manufacturing and testing. We offer one of the most flexible and comprehensive metal fabrication, machining, assembly, and testing operations in North America. This allows us to monitor and ensure quality in all aspects of production and to provide consistent, reliable, and superior products.

We are ISO-9001 certified and ARRA compliant.

Founded in 1840 by Mr. Rodney Hunt, the company's earliest products were plows, simple wooden machines, and the wooden water wheels and gates used in New England’s textile mills. From the late 19th to the mid-20th centuries, the Rodney Hunt Company expanded its product line to include textile manufacturing machinery, pumps, governors, and hydraulic and mechanical equipment that helped sustain the textile industry.

Surviving a major flood in 1936 and hurricane in 1938, the company grew significantly over the next decade, in part due to the increased demand for textile machinery and equipment during and after World War II. Rodney Hunt textile wet-finishing machines supplied an international market during this period, and Rodney Hunt sluice gates and other water control equipment were building a significant domestic market throughout the United States.

The strategic decision to focus on the design and manufacture of products serving the growing water control industry led to the sale of the textile wet-finishing division in 1975 and the industrial roll division in 1983. In 1991, Rodney Hunt Company purchased AC Valve, Inc. (previously the Valve Division of Allis-Chalmers Company), and expanded its comprehensive gate and valve product offering for water control applications.

In 1995, Rodney Hunt Company was acquired by GA Industries, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer of valve solutions. Fontaine Industries, a leader in fabricated stainless steel slide gates, joined the union in 2009. The VAG Group, a global flow control solution provided headquartered in Mannheim, Germany, was added to the family in 2011.  Together, we offer the most complete flow control package in the world for both open-channel and closed-conduit applications.