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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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.