Compressed Air

Compressed air, vacuum cleaning solution company celebrates 65 years

VAC-U-MAX reached its 65th anniversary, providing material handling and industrial vacuum solutions to a variety of industries dependent on compressed air and cleanliness for their engineering applications.
By VAC-U-MAX June 5, 2019
VAC-U-MAX is a family company founded by Frank Pendleton (left). The company is currently run by Steve Pendelton. Courtesy: VAC-U-MAX

VAC-U-MAX, which provides bulk material handling and industrial vacuum cleaning solutions to industries worldwide, is celebrating its 65th anniversary. The company was founded by Frank Pendleton, who designed the world’s first industrial vacuum cleaner that operated only on compressed-air to service the highly combustible textile mills industry of New Jersey. In addition to servicing niches for combustible dust handling,VAC-U-MAX designed and engineered compressed-air powered industrial vacuum cleaners in 1970 for the evacuation of highly flammable jet fuel for Pan American Airways, recovering jet fuel from the wing tanks of the first Boeing 747 aircraft.

VAC-U-MAX has designed, manufactured and marketed a full range of compressed-air driven industrial vacuum cleaners for combustible dusts, flammable liquids and reactive powders, with product range expanding to include explosion-proof electric-powered vacs used in agriculture, chemical and food industries, as well as portable, continuous-duty, and central vacuum cleaning systems. In 2018, VAC-U-MAX designed the first renewable-energy lithium-ion vacuum cleaning system for high volume recovery of post-consumer waste for municipal transit track cleaning applications.

VAC-U-MAX’s tradition in Belleville, New Jersey, spans three generations, with Steve Pendleton the President of VAC-U-MAX. “It gives me great pride to follow our family tradition and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Pendleton. “We are committed to building, expanding, and continuing our legacy by manufacturing high-quality solutions for industries worldwide. I am proud of what our company and employees have accomplished and will continue to accomplish, following the legacy of our founder, Frank Pendleton.”

“The secret to the success of any business is being able to focus not on fighting to keep the old, but also on building and expanding the new,” said Doan Pendleton, Vice President.

– Edited from a VAC-U-MAX press release by CFE Media.

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