PFlow Industries, Inc.
Since 1977, PFlow has been solely devoted to the design and manufacturer of vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRC’s) material handling equipment, systems, and specials. As the VRC pioneer, PFlow has led the industry from the start.
414-352-9000
6720 N. Teutonia Avenue Milwaukee, WI, 53209 USA

414-352-9000

6720 N. Teutonia Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209
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Major Events in PFlow’s History

1977

Bob Pfleger reached the end of an influential 20 year career in the dock business. Bob started PFlow Industries with an idea that pioneered the way and created a new product called the inclined vertical conveyor.

1979

A huge fire damages majority of a plant in Columbus, OH. The structure of a PFlow Hy-Lift kept the wall from collapsing saving the lives of four people.

1980

Ted Ruehl joins PFlow. PFlow’s first international Hy-Lift is installed in Belgium.

1981

PFlow replaces the “inclined reciprocating conveyor” with the “vertical reciprocating conveyor”.

1983

PFlow introduces the F Series, 4-post VRC and expands the Hy-Lift product line to 12,000 lbs and 15’ x 15.’

1984

David Dux joins the sales team.
PFlow starts full scale manufacturing and moves into a 3500’ sq. ft. office and 13,000’ sq. ft. plant.

1987

PFlow has successfully changed the individual state codes of all 50 states, making VRCs available for installation throughout the country.

1989

May goes down in history – 70 lifts sold in one month.

1990

PFlow introduces a new paint system designed to cover every surface and literally “wrap around corners.”

1992

The D Series hydraulic lift is introduced.
The 21 Series hydraulic lift is introduced.
Mark Webster and Ted Ruehl are promoted to VP’s.

1994

PFlow co-founder Herb Ruehl retires. Herb defined and classified the VRC for their use and not their look.
PFlow adds on 2,600’ sq. ft. of office space.

1995

PFlow has been in business for 18 years and manufactured 6,000 units.

1997

PFlow designs two windows that split like freight elevator doors for a home in Florida. At 33’ wide x 22’ high (17,000 lbs each) the windows welcome in the coastal breeze.

1999

PFlow assists with a large modular automated parking system that was noted in the Wall Street Journal.
PFlow transitions to an ESOP business.

2001

PFlow expands its manufacturing space by 38,000’ sq. ft.
PFlow designs a servo-hydraulic lift system capable of transporting an RV.

CartveyorTM is introduced; a shopping cart conveyor that can run parallel with a passenger escalator or as a stand-alone unit.

2002

Bob Pfleger: March 7, 2002. A friend, mentor, and innovator is lost, but a legend never dies.
Ted Ruehl is appointed president.

2003

PFlow purchased our current facility that includes 125,000 sq. ft. of office and manufacturing space.

2006

PFlow acquires Langley Manufacturing – a longtime lift competitor.

2008

The PFlow F Series creates a passageway into the Texas Memorial Stadium for the world’s largest bass drum, Big Bertha!
PFlow volunteers have been donating blood and helping save lives for 10 years.

2009

Carol Moore, a 1977 PFlow pioneer, retires. Carol frequented PFlow PFacts with her “Secretary’s Note”.

2013

PFlow designs a very large 4-post lift to clean the lens of the world’s largest telescope known as LSST.

2014

PFlow acquires a neighboring 26,000’ sq. ft. building for expansion.

2016

17,000 PFlow Lifts Sold Worldwide!