This year marks a major milestone for the Sullivan-Palatek family, celebrating our 25/35 Anniversary, an exciting time for all who are currently working and those who have worked to make the company the success that it is today. What does 25/35 mean you might ask? We are beyond excited to share: Thirty-five years ago, the landscape of compressor manufacturing in Michigan City, Indiana was drastically changed forever. Several employees had left compressor giant, Sullair, at the same time and had started companies like Vanair Manufacturing, Boss Industries, and Dekker Vacuum Company, which are all thriving companies headquartered in Michigan City to this day. One of those individuals that left was former Sullair President Donald Hoodes, one of the original founders of Sullair. Following his departure, Mr. Hoodes and former Sullair employee, Paul Laesch, were looking to start their own compressor manufacturing company, and so Palatek was born (Palatek derived from the name Paul Laesch Technologies). Twenty-Five years ago, in July, Palatek was purchased by GHS Corporation. Under GHS Corporation, Palatek continued to grow and looked to expand its product offerings and manufacture their own air ends. In 1998 GHS Corporation purchased Sullivan Industries, a New Hampshire company with a long [...]
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RYAN PREECE TO HONOR MODIFIED RACING LEGEND, TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY CUP SERIES WINNER RON BOUCHARD AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY No. 47 Kroger Camaro ZL1 team pays homage to 1984 No. 47 car HARRISBURG, N.C. (AUGUST 16, 2019) – For Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Preece, his first Darlington Raceway throwback weekend means more than a new paint scheme. Preece and the No. 47 Kroger team will tribute Ron Bouchard, who not only raced the No. 47 in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1981-1987, but also raced for Bob Judkins, Preece’s grandfather who passed in October 2018. The No. 47 Kroger Camaro ZL1 resembles the No. 47 Majik Market/Hawaiian Punch car, driven by Bouchard at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 1984. Preece and Bouchard both began their racing careers at their roots in the Northeast, racing short tracks locally in the Modified Series. Bouchard, a native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, won track championships at Stafford Motor Speedway, Thompson Speedway and Seekonk Speedway racing for Judkins before moving up to what was then known as NASCAR’s Grand National Division in 1981. “This paint scheme means more to me than just running a throwback,” Preece said. “We lost [...]
Mike Kropp, David Smith, David Raffin, Bruce McFee, Steve Van Loan, Jason Radliff and Brian Stober at the Sullivan-Palatek booth (left to right). Sullivan Palatek’s product line has grown to an impressive range of lubricated (5-450 hp) and oil-free rotary screws (75-350 hp). I recommend visiting their new website, www.sullivan-palatek.com to see these plus their electric contruction, portable, and offshore product lines. President Steve Van Loan also mentioned their OEM air end business is very solid. Good for them! By Rod Smith, Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING TEAMS TO HONOR FALLEN SERVICE MEMBERS DURING 600 MILES OF REMEMBRANCE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY Fallen Service members served with lead engineer on No. 37 team HARRISBURG, N.C. (MAY 21, 2019) – JTG Daugherty Racing will honor two fallen service members on the windshields of Ryan Preece and Chris Buescher’s Camaro ZL1s during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26. Both fallen soldiers served in the US Army National Guard with the lead engineer on the No, 37 team, Brian Burns. Burns served from 1993 to 2001 before pursuing a career in motorsports. SPC William Jeffries graduated from Evansville (Ind.) Reitz High School in 1982 and spent a decade with the Air Force before joining the Indiana National Guard. He originally enlisted in The United States Air Force in 1987 serving as a Security Policeman and served there for 10 years. He then enlisted in The Army National Guard. He was deployed to Kuwait and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom until his death on March 31st, 2003. He was assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard. SPC Jeffries will be on the windshield of Preece’s Kroger Camaro ZL1. [...]
To ensure that incoming and in-stock components meet Sullivan-Palatek quality standards. Responsibilities: Inspect parts as they are received, comparing the part with drawing(s) and specifications. Authorized to release parts to Production or reject parts. Rejected parts are communicated to Buyer, Quality Manager, and related Production Supervisor after Quality team member verifies the rejection. Complete a Defective Materials Report (DMR) on all parts in excess of $75.00. Attach copy of report to component(s) and provide the Buyer with original DMR report and copies of the report to the Quality Manager and Inventory Supervisor. Conduct First Article Inspection on new components and those from new suppliers. Inform Buyer, product related Production Supervisor, Director of Operations, Quality Manager and of Engineering Group of related product outcome, via email or verbally. Conduct onsite inspections of base(s), frames and other large complex components at suppliers’ location. Assist Production in determining which component may be contributing to an issue during the production process. Pull drawings and work collaboratively to establish root cause. Support Purchasing to respond to Suppliers’ need for clarity; provide responses as to questions asked by supplier as well as photographs and written communication. Maintain Inspected Parts Log which includes the description, quantity of [...]
Produce machined parts by programming, setting up, and operating a CNC machine. Maintain quality and safety standards, keep records, and maintaining equipment and supplies. Job Responsibilities: Must always maintain a clean and orderly workplace. Maintain safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations. Use measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, and other standard inspection tools to perform a detailed inspection of parts and pieces to ensure the product meets production guidelines. Report quality control problems such as defects in raw material and finished products. Maintain equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements, following manufactures instructions, troubleshooting malfunctions, and calling for repairs. Set up mills and lathes by installing jaw chucks, tools, attachments, collets, bushings, wheels, stops, etc. Monitor machine tools and attachments during operation to ensure parts are properly cooled and lubricated. Document actions by completing production and quality logs. Education and Experience: This position requires a High School Diploma/GED and 2-3 years of related experience. (Holroyd Profile Milling/Grinding experience preferred or some other type of compressor rotor manufacturing familiarity) Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must be self-sufficient and able to work efficiently with minimal supervision. Must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings (including drawing geometry), blueprints, and BOM’s. [...]
Use CAD equipment to provide support to engineering and manufacturing by preparing routine layouts, detail drawings, assembly drawings, sketches, and diagrams. Details to include all views and dimensions necessary for manufacture. Job Responsibilities Uses computer assisted design/drafting (SolidWorks) equipment and software to develop designs of new and existing product. Creates and revises production 2D drawings & 3D models (detail and assembly drawings). Makes a final sketch of proposed drawing, checking dimension of parts, materials to be used, the relation of one part to another, and the relation of various parts to whole structure or project. Sketches rough layout of machine and computes angles, weights, surface areas, dimensions, radii, clearances, tolerances, leverages and location of holes. Utilizes knowledge of various machines, engineering practices, mathematics, building materials, and other physical sciences to complete drawings. Draft detailed multi-view drawings of machine and products. Draw finished designs from sketches. Updates Drafting and Engineering Standards. Sets up and maintains an organized file system for production drawings. Converts existing production drawings to SolidWorks Communicate with engineering and manufacturing regarding new and revised prints. Education and Experience SolidWorks experience preferred (2-5 years). Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school preferred. Solid understanding [...]
Duties and Responsibilities: Develop an efficient and accurate system for monitoring all open purchase orders Deliver a weekly purchase order report to management that indicates the vendor invoice number for all closed purchase orders Work with the inventory management team to ensure that all deliveries satisfy the assigned purchase orders and report any back-ordered or missing products Assist the Supply Chain Manager with maintaining proper inventory levels of materials used on a regular basis Source new vendors and products. Qualifications: Strong negotiating skills Comprehensive understanding of MS Excel, MS Word, and industry standard Impeccable attention to detail Able to thrive in a high-stress and fast-paced environment Comprehensive understanding of MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook Experience with MRP within an ERP of a Manufacturing Setting Communication skills for both internal and external departments Associate’s Degree or some high school education with job experience A desire to grow within a Supply Chain Organization Experience: MS Excel, MS Office, MS Outlook: 1 year (Required) MRP within an ERP of a Manufacturing setting: 2 year (Preferred) Industry standard purchase order software platforms: 2 year (Required) Buyer Analyst Benefits: Medical Dental Vision coverage 401K with some company match Paid vacation and holidays Job Type: [...]
Michigan City High School, Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC), and local businesses are partnering up for a project set to prepare students in the area for careers in the thriving compressor industry. Dubbed Air Compressor Academy, the program’s goal is to create a hiring pipeline for an industry that houses over 2,000 jobs in La Porte County. Air and gas compressor manufacturing is a major component of the Michigan City and La Porte areas. Clarence Hulse, Executive Director for the EDCMC, highlighted the inspiration and hopes for the program. “The air compressor study was the motivation behind the creation of the Air Compressor Academy. While PNW, through Dr. Derrick Bjonback, was researching and compiling the data, we realized how large and viable this industry was and saw the need to create a workforce pipeline for these vibrant, growing companies,” Hulse explained. “Michigan City Area Schools was the perfect vehicle, as they have been receptive to new ideas and saw an immediate fit at their high school. The EDCMC is excited about this business-education partnership with the local manufacturers and MCHS. We hope to expand to more companies and also other educational providers like Ivy Tech Michigan City and area [...]
Sullivan-Palatek Inc. is rapidly expanding and we are looking for a Compressor Assembler effective immediately. Compressor Assembler Duties and Responsibilities: Prepares work to be accomplished by studying assembly instructions, blueprint specifications, and parts lists; gathering parts, subassemblies, tools, and materials. Positions parts and subassemblies by using templates or reading measurements. Assembles components by examining connections for correct fit; fastening parts and subassemblies. Verifies specifications by measuring completed component. Resolves assembly problems by altering dimensions to meet specifications; notifying supervisor to obtain additional resources. Keeps equipment operational by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations. Maintains supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies. Conserves resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results. Documents actions by completing production and quality forms. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed. Compressor Assembler Qualifications: Controls and Instrumentation, Equipment Maintenance, Manufacturing Experience, Manufacturing Quality, Mechanical Inspection Tools, Tooling, Safety Management, Quality Focus, Power Tools, Judgment, Decision Making Compressor Assembler Benefits: Medical Dental Vision coverage 401K with some [...]
Engineered to be both dependable and versatile, the D-Series industrial electric direct drive rotary screw air compressor is one of many energy efficient solutions developed by Sullivan-Palatek. The D-Series compressors are offered in a range of 15-40 HP. They are equipped with an easily readable standard microprocessor, a coupling and drive that is mounted to the motor C-face, and an easily replaceable air intake filter along with a one-piece housing inlet/check valve. With their compact size and high reliability, these machines are ideal for smaller industrial settings such as automotive shops, small machining factories and fabrication workshops. Electric Motors available include 200/208/230/460/575 volt [15-25 hp] and 200/230/460/575 volt [30-40 hp]. Full voltage magnetic starter with 110-volt controls standard. Nema-1 enclosure, ETL listed, UL certified, solid state control circuit breaker protection and three phase overload with a reset button and phase protection. High temperature and over pressure shutdown switches, and an anti-restart pressure switch. Designed with a one-piece lube fill elbow and level sight glass. Tank mount, elevated platform and acoustical enclosure options available. Comes standard with a T1 microprocessor capable of sequencing up to seven compressors.
The D900PH4CU5 portable air compressor offers duel operating pressures of 100 or 150 psi and is equipped with the Sullivan-Palatek Electronic Control System. This unit has various applications including construction site demolition and sandblasting. With its aftercool and filter options this unit is also able to be used as a safe, reliable method for factories to meet their compressed air needs. 310 HP Cummins Diesel meets Tier 4 Final Stage V standards and has aftercool and filter options available. 204mm diameter twin screw air end manufactured by Sullivan-Palatek. The 7” display Sullivan-Palatek Electronic Controller (SPEC) offers numerous readouts including, but not limited to, compressor temperature and complete engine diagnostics. Large service doors allow for simple maintenance access. Noise level limited to 76 dBA. Large aluminized fuel tank with a 150-gallon capacity. The exterior is a durable galvanneal sheet metal enclosure with a powder coated finish for rust and corrosion resistance. Automatic shutdown and protection system. Three-year unlimited hour air end warranty.
The all new Sullivan-Palatek D375PHJD4 portable compressor is a versatile dual pressure unit, delivering 375 CFM at 100 psi or 150 psi. At its core, the new model features a 140 hp John Deere Tier 4 final engine and a large 127 mm twin screw air end engineered and manufactured by Sullivan-Palatek. Other features include a full containment frame, remote drains, lockout aftercooler capability, large 80 gallon fuel tank, exterior lit fuel fill, fuel saving and noise reducing clutch fan, and an exterior that boasts a durable galvanneal enclosure with a powder coated finish for rust and corrosion resistance. The compressor is also equipped with the SPEC full service electronic controller, with digital readouts for everything from compressor temperature to aftercooler filter warnings. The controller also features the models complete parts and service list for ease of maintenance.