Adversity often breeds opportunity, and Robert James took full advantage of just such a situation in 1997 when he bought back the company his father William had started, but sold to an investor seven years earlier. Initially founded in 1969 as Aeroflow Industries, the company focused on manufacturing oil free air compressors. By 1990, the market had been saturated by discounted oil-free compressors and the company was sold.
Sensing an impending dramatic shift in the market, Robert bought back the company when he saw future potential. Renamed Hycomp, Robert immediately expanded company product lines to include production of air boosters and gas compressors, with an emphasis on nitrogen compressors.
After the company moved to new facilities in 2004 with the aid of an SBA 504 loan, Hycomp continued to expand, growing from an initial 3 employees in 1997 to 55 employees today. A major component of the company’s expansion has been its penetration into international... Read More