Canadian Design and Construction Report special feature
From its beginnings as a small family owned business in 1926, Graco Inc. has grown to be a premier manufacturer of fluid-handling equipment and systems. The company’s innovations in spray foam equipment and tools over the past few years have been developed with the mindset of “let’s make it hard for contractors to spray bad foam.” While the company’s roots began with grease and cars, by the end of World War II, the company recognized its systems could benefit a wider range of applications.
By the mid-1950s, the company had moved into paint spraying and finishing, food handling, cleaning, and literally hundreds of different applications areas. By 1969, sales had reached $33 million and the company moved from a family owned company to a public company, changing its name from Gray Company to Graco. Today the company employs more than 3,600 people in more than 30 locations around the world.
Sara McKeon, Graco marketing manager, says the company’s basic mission of service to people through profitable growth is evident in its innovation and focus on making people’s work easier and more effective. “Our Reactor 2 was strategically designed to help a contractor’s businesses run smoothly. Software and hardware updates were made for better spray performance, ultimately saving a contractor’s bottom line.”
She says Reactor 2 includes a variety of advantages, including a compact footprint to allow for more room in a spray rig, ergonomic design for ease of service, and QR (quick response) codes for quick and easy troubleshooting while on a job site.
“Graco InSite is an accessory that can be added to most Reactor models, and comes standard in Reactor 2 elite models, that gives contractors control of their business. InSite gives contractors – of all sizes – peace of mind a job was completed to the specifications with data reports and documentation at their fingertips.”
InSite, she says, also allows for better fleet and crew management, as well as better cost containment and forecasting.
McKeon says Graco’s advantages go beyond the equipment itself. “We have more than 100 distributor locations across North America that are fully trained in the equipment and can offer service, support and repair parts at any time.”
Understanding that the needs of the industry are not only focused on efficiency, but also safety and proper training, she says Graco works closely with organizations and associations in developing training material for the industry.
She says Graco is an advocate for contractors receiving the proper training and tools to apply spray foam correctly and safely. “Graco also conducts hands on training for its strong distributor network, ensuring they are properly trained to help service and support equipment that is in the field.”
Online training modules are also available on the web through Graco University. “Many material manufactures/blenders also recommend Graco equipment because Graco offers consistency and reliability they can depend on.”
For more information about Graco, visit http://www.graco.com.