of Company at Location Neunkirchen/Saar
Founding of ITT GRINNELL GMBH in Neunkirchen-Wellesweiler
with approx. 50 employees in the industrial zone Ochsenwald by ITT GRINNELL
Corporation, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. (Hanger Division).
The new branch facilities on the Saar River were intended to provide
a second leg for the rapidly developing European market to support the
facilities in the USA.
(ITT GRINNELL Corporation, founded in 1850 by Frederick Grinnell, was
one of the world's largest suppliers in the energy sector for pipes,
valves, fittings, hangers, control instruments, sprinkler systems, etc.
and, in 1974 employed a staff of over 10,000 in more than 40 production
facilities and 120 sales points worldwide.
The ITT corporation sold ITT Grinnell GmbH in Neunkirchen
together with personnel and know-how to the newly founded "PSS
Group“. The previous company was renamed "PSS
Pipe Support Systems GmbH“.
The familiar GRINNELL products and figure numbers remained
identical except of the new brand name PSS.
Company moved from city section Neunkirchen-Wellesweiler
into the company buildings of the previous ECKER Maschinenbau GmbH in
the center of the city of Neunkirchen. Due its high quantity of exports
the word "International" was added to the company name after
sale to the ECKER group.
In the important sector of corrosion and surface protection
of piping supports PSS GmbH International cooperates
with the experienced and high-performance partner "ECKER
Metalltechnik GmbH“ in Saarlouis-Fraulautern. (www.ecker-metalltechnik.de)
Synergic effects in the engineering sector of the
company have provided reinforcement and drive for continued development
of the PSS products.