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



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.


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.


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


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


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


PFlow starts full-scale manufacturing and moves into a 3500 sq. ft. office and 13,000 sq. ft. plant.


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


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


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


The D Series hydraulic lift and the 21 Series hydraulic lift is introduced.
Mark Webster and Ted Ruehl are promoted to VPs.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


PFlow acquires Langley Manufacturing – a longtime lift competitor.


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.


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


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


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


17,000 PFlow Lifts Sold Worldwide!


PFlow celebrates 40 years of service!
The Quantum Drive is introduced. Designed for PFlow’s mechanical two-post lifts, the “MQ” reduces vibration and increases safety.


VP of Marketing and Cartveyor Sales, David Dux, retires after 34 years at PFlow.
VP of Sales, Dan Walters, retires after 31 years at PFlow.