It has been 100 years since Victaulic, Easton, Pa., was granted its first industry patent for a mechanical pipe-joining system. In 2019, the company has more than 2,000 patented solutions, and 1 billion of its systems have been installed worldwide, including the Hoover Dam, Eiffel Tower and Beijing Olympic Stadium.
It started in 1919, when Lieutenant Ernest Tribe filed a patent for the Victory Joint, a mechanical bolted coupling to join grooved pipe ends. Now known as the Victaulic coupling, the invention enabled critical piping infrastructure to be installed more quickly, safely and cost-effectively than traditional methods, says the company.
Rather than rest on its successes from the first 100 years, Victaulic looks to the future. It will open a 400,000 ft2 manufacturing center in Lehigh Valley, Pa., in 2020, and other global expansions include facilities in Dalian, China; Drezdenko, Poland; and Ontario, Canada.