Motion and Control Systems Solutions
Propel THG Corporation to New Growth
THG Corporation is a privately-held company founded in 1933 by the Rhoten family of Massachusetts. The history of THG Corporation shows it was originally established to provide industrial rubber products for consumers and industry. The company experienced strong growth as it expanded into fluid power products in 1960 through its affiliation as an authorized distributor for Parker Hannifin. More recently, the company established itself as a source for motion and control system solutions, incorporating its core competencies in hydraulics, pneumatics, fluid connectors, automation, filtration, electrical & electronic control systems, sealing solutions, and compressed air packages. The company has grown over the years through strategic acquisitions and organic growth supporting OEM and MRO customer applications throughout New England and the world.
As a full-line distributor for Parker, it has earned the designation as a Technology Center for Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Mobile components and systems. It recently became one of the first Connector Technology Centers in North America for Parker as well. Through its subsidiary, The Hope Group, it operates seven Parker Stores in four of the New England states. The company is headquartered in Northborough, MA, where it operates from a 60,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution center. With over $45 million in annual sales, 120 employees, and access to over $150 million in motion control inventory through its affiliation with DistraNet, the company is well positioned to build on its strength as a leading independent motion and control product and systems solutions provider.
Does THG Stand for The Hope Group?
Although the company was incorporated as the Fitchburg Rubber Company in 1933, the original company had actually started prior to the turn of the century in Providence, RI, which was known as the City of Hope. The name Hope Rubber Company was adopted after World War II and has carried forward ever since, including its most recent name change to The Hope Group. The Hope Group has grown successfully over the past few decades through a combination of market penetration and acquisition of regionally significant companies. The Hope Group acquired The Leen Company, Bosworth Fluid Connectors, Sprague Fluid Connectors, Webster Engineering, and Connecticut Fluid Power, as part of its group. In 2005, the company was renamed THG Corporation (The Hope Group) and established three subsidiaries as Limited Liability Corporations (LLC) to permit senior managers to become partial owners of the company, known as The Hope Group, LLC; Hope Air LLC; and Sorensen Systems, LLC.
What We Do at THG Corporation?
Our website, literature and promotional material always state that we distribute hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems, providing motion control solutions for everything that moves. It's not easy describing everything that The Hope Group, Hope Air Systems, and Sorensen Systems can provide for its wide range of customers. As a Parker distributor we have access to the latest technologies in hydraulics, pneumatics, automation, hose & fittings, seals, and instrumentation. In addition, we represent a number of leading manufacturers in other product areas, including Kaeser Compressors, GE Automation, Cutler-Hammer, T-Slots, Balluff, Enerpac, and many others. Combined, these sources permit THG Corporation to provide OEM and MRO customers with components, sub-systems, and complete packaged system solutions across many industries.
Today, the company focuses its 20 outside sales engineers on identifying and solving the manufacturing challenges of OEM companies serving the Life Science, Defense, Power Generation, Mobile, Marine, Semiconductor, Transportation, Food & Beverage and Pulp & Paper markets. Through the application of Engineered System Solutions, designed and fabricated by its in-house engineering and ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facility, THG Corporation has become a premiere motion and control system provider for the New England region and worldwide for certain applications.
Parker Stores Cover New England
An important part of the total customer service strategy of The Hope Group and the other associated companies of THG Corporation are the seven wholly owned Parker Stores located in Bangor ME, Portland ME, Lewiston ME, Manchester NH, Fitchburg MA, Weymouth, MA and Cranston RI. A new branch was recently added in North Haven, CT. These retail outlets and stocking branch locations of The Hope Group provide immediate hands-on hydraulic hose assembly replacement service as well as access to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fluid connector and fluid power components. Each location is staffed by factory-trained technicians capable of diagnosing a hydraulic connection problem and offering an immediate solution. The store inventories are backed by direct computerized access to the $4.5 million corporate inventory and the $150 million DistraNet inventory.