OPW History

For more than 124 years, OPW has been the global leader in fluid handling solutions offering the world's broadest selection of commercial and retail fueling products and systems, loading systems, cargo tank truck and rail tank car equipment, dispensing and electronic POS and back office systems, electronic gauges, automated fuel terminals and controls and vehicle wash systems. OPW products enable fluid handling and petroleum marketers to provide for the safest, most efficient, competitive and environmentally-sustainable fluid handling operations possible.

OPW was founded in 1892 as the Ohio Pattern Works & Foundry Company. By 1930 the company had already built a reputation as a leading supplier of nozzles, valves, fittings and couplings to the petroleum industry. In 1948, the company changed its name to OPW Corporation before becoming part of Dover Corporation in 1961.

1892factory-aerial-1936-200 Victor E. Tresise and Joseph E. Hausfeld found the Ohio Pattern Works, investing $390 to finance the company. It was the first shop in Cincinnati to make both wood and metal patterns for everything from grave markers to oil valves.

The company begins focusing its efforts in the petroleum industry; builds its first office on Spring Grove Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio

The company starts its brass foundry

The company is incorporated as The Ohio Pattern Works and Foundry

The company completes construction on its building on Colerain Avenue in Cincinnati for offices, machinery and assembly work

G.L. Ohrstrom & Associates buy the company, and change the name to OPW Corporation

Dover Corporation purchases OPW

OPW Dover (Europa) N.V. is founded to distribute OPW products in Europe

OPW relocates its manufacturing and office complex to a new 250,000 sq. ft. facility on Princeton-Glendale Road, in northern Cincinnati, Ohio

OPW begins joint venture with Sao Paulo, Brazil-based Eleven LTDA to manufacture nozzles, spill containers, check valves and overfill prevention valves for South America markets

OPW acquires POMECO, complementing its existing line of manholes, swivels and hose retractors

OPW is awarded the "1st ever" Petroleum Equipment Institute's Manufacturer of the Year Award and goes on to win 6 times as the #1 Best Manufacturer, until award was discontinued by PEI in 2002

Originally founded in 1921, and a distributor and manufacturer of OPW nozzles since 1960, Dover Corporation (Canada) Limited / Industrial Division based in Strathroy, Ontario, Canada is acquired by OPW

OPW segments the company into three distinct and independent businesses: OPW Fueling Components, OPW Engineered Systems and CIVACON

OPW is awarded the Manufacturer of the Year Award for the second time

OPW is awarded the Manufacturer of the Year Award for the third time in as many years

OPW founds OPW Fueling Components Europe B.V. to manufacture and sell service station equipment in Europe, the Near East and Africa

OPW adds Compressed Natural Gas dispensing product line by combining its manufacturing and marketing with Canada-based Sherex Industries; OPW goes on to acquire the nozzle and receptacle business from Sherex

OPW becomes ISO certified

OPW acquires Hasstech, Inc. a manufacturer of Stage II vapor recovery systems

OPW is awarded the PEI Manufacturer of the Year Award for a fourth time

OPW acquires patents and technology for secondary containment piping and launches its PISCES™ secondary containment piping and sump product line

OPW is awarded the PEI Manufacturer of the Year Award for the fifth time

OPW is awarded the Ohio Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award

Petro Vend, a Chicago-based Dover company and manufacturer of fuel control systems becomes part of OPW

OPW acquires Richards Industries, a Tennessee-based manufacturer of dispensing equipment

OPW is awarded PEI’s Manufacturer of the Year Award for the sixth time

OPW acquires all outstanding interest in Brazil joint venture Eleven LTDA, renaming the company - OPW Brazil

OPW acquires North Carolina-based EMCO Electronics, a manufacturer of tank gauge and fuel control systems

OPW opens a manufacturing facility in the Czech Republic

OPW acquires Brevetti-Nettuno, an Italy-based manufacturer of LPG fueling equipment

OPW opens a manufacturing facility in Szuhou, China

OPW acquires the assets of Environ Holdings - creates new division: OPW Fueling Containment Systems located in Smithfield, North Carolina

OPW relocates its POMECO manufacturing plant from California to North Carolina

OPW ships 130 Vaporsaver 1 units to China for use by the country’s oil companies in an effort to improve air quality prior to the Beijing Summer Olympics

OPW opens new manufacturing facility in Chennai, India

OPW’s Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) system becomes the industry’s first Phase I system to be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

OPW Fuel Management Systems, originally founded in Chicago, IL, in 1961 as Petro Vend, celebrates 50 years in the fuel-controls industry

OPW Fueling Containment Systems celebrates the 15th anniversary of its underground-piping business
Present Headquarters

OPW Fueling Components and sister company OPW Fluid Transfer Group combine leadership structures to form the world’s largest business group focused on the distribution and transportation of critical fluids and fuels

OPW acquires United Kingdom-based Fibrelite, a leader in composite access covers and containments systems for retail-fueling sites, and Kungsors Plast AB (KPS), a manufacturer of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fusion piping systems for retail-fueling sites

OPW acquires Lianyungang Jump Petroleum Chemical Machine Co. Ltd (Jump), a leading provider of top loading and LNG onshore loading equipment in China. The company becomes part of OPW’s Chemical & Industrial business unit.

OPW acquires Smithfield, NSW, Australia-based Liquip International, a leading designer and manufacturer of bulk liquid handling and storage solutions in the petroleum, aviation, and chemical markets.

Dover acquires Paris, France-based Tokheim, a leading manufacturer of fuel dispensers, retail automation systems and payment solutions, and integrates the company into OPW. With this new addition, OPW is the only equipment manufacturer capable of offering an end-to-end fuel site solution.