Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc. is a global distributor and manufacturer of Fluid Sealing products. Gallagher represents the strongest seal manufacturers in the world, in addition to operating its own gasket fabrication facility. Gallagher serves both OEM & MRO customers through the development of technical solutions that solve sealing challenges. Gallagher Fluid Seals currently operates 2 Facilities; its headquarters in King of Prussia Pennsylvania, and its newly acquired 40,000 square foot gasket fabrication and sales office in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
Engineering & Design
Gallagher’s best-in-class engineering department works with customers to understand their products and industries so the proper sealing system can be matched to the customer's equipment or maintenance needs. As an independent distributor, Gallagher offers your application the objectivity to match the right seals with the right application. In an industry where every manufacturer claims to have the best product, let Gallagher be your source for custom engineering solutions. Utilizing the very latest in virtual analytical tools, Gallagher works with your engineers to model optimal sealing solutions before any parts have been made. This saves your company time and resources. Over 60 years Gallagher has developed and honed a process of technical analysis that delivers the optimal sealing solution for your equipment.
In a small house in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, the business was started as The Walter B. Gallagher Company on January 16th, 1956. Established as a mechanical packings, gaskets, and seals distributor, the first year of operation generated sales of $48,000.
The company found an initial stronghold supporting the maintenance and repair needs of large manufacturing firms in the Philadelphia area. Accounts like Philadelphia Electric, and Rohm & Haas supported the company as it began to grow and find its footing. In order to handle the rapidly increasing business, the company moved to larger quarters in Conshohocken, PA in August of 1959. The company was incorporated in July of 1961. With 20 employees, in June of 1973, the company surpassed its first $1,000,000 in sales. The company's original product lines were Belmont Packing and Rubber Company, U.S Gasket Company, and Precision Rubber Products, an organization that Gallagher is proud to still be partnered with today under the Parker Hannifin umbrella.
Growth and Diversification
By 1975 Walter Gallagher’s sons Walter Jr., Joseph, and Brian had joined the business. What had begun as a company focused on maintenance and repair was now focused almost entirely on OEM accounts and solutions. When Precision Rubber Products Corp decided to close its Kenilworth NJ office, Gallagher was successful in acquiring the facility. In 1976 the company moved into a newly constructed 20,000 square foot warehouse and office facility.
In 1983 Joseph Gallagher was elected President and Chief Operating Officer. Walter B. Gallagher Sr. continued as Chairman of the Board and CEO. The following year Gallagher acquired Kim Gasket & Seal of Windham, New Hampshire; these operations were relocated to Lowell Massachusetts. By this time the company had expanded its sales reach across the entire Eastern seaboard. In 1995 Gallagher acquired the sealing division of Beemer Precision, Inc. of Fort Washington, Pa. This was a critical acquisition in the history of Gallagher, and many current top customers today came from that acquisition.
Over the following years Gallagher continued to grow organically and entrench itself as one of the largest and most technically proficient sealing experts in the United States. A strategy of strong suppliers, Engineering expertise backed by a streamlined logistics program and fierce customer service is why Gallagher continues to retain its loyal customer base developed during its adolescent years. Changes in the global marketplace and technological disruption have changed the manner in which Gallagher operates, but not its core mission or value.
The Future is Now
In June of 2014 Gallagher acquired Johnson Packings, of East Longmeadow, Ma. Tracing its roots back over 75 years, Johnson Packings was one of the largest seal distributors in New England. Johnson Packings, and its 28 employees were the largest acquisition in the history of Gallagher Fluid Seals and it has elevated the organization to one of the largest sealing distributors in the United States. The gasket fabrication operation, and a strong focus on maintenance and repair operations has diversified the Gallagher organization within the OEM & MRO markets. As of January 1st, 2016 Johnson Packings will be formally integrated into the Gallagher organization and its brand.
Continuing the Gallagher family legacy was a founding goal of the company's founder, Walter Gallagher. On January 1st 2017, Christopher Gallagher, son of Brian and Grandson of Walter, was elected Chief Executive Office by the board of directors. His brother Kerry is a member of the customer service department.
On January 16th, 2019 Gallagher enters its 63rd year in business. The company continues to be true to its roots as a premier supplier of Fluid Sealing products. However, as the global sealing landscape changes, so too must Gallagher. The emergence of new categories of sealing products has pushed Gallagher to expand its areas of expertise and breadth. The future growth of Gallagher depends on the company continuing to incorporate new products and areas of expertise. The organization has aggressive organic and acquisition growth goals over the next few years. It is an exciting time at Gallagher Fluid Seals.