Husky Corporation recently marked 70 years in business with a special celebration at the company’s production facilities in Pacific.

The event featured guided tours of the company’s expanding production operations, which is home to more than 140 employees.

The company is a leading manufacturer of petroleum dispensing equipment and has expanded into several related business segments in recent years.

Husky was started in 1947 by Eugene and Hazel Sutcliffe, when they created the first gas nozzle guard from their own home. The business then soon moved into rebuilding and then designing fuel nozzles that would revolutionize this industry.

The innovations gained widespread acceptance by gas station owners across the country. Husky Corporation has amassed more than 75 patents domestically and internationally.

“We are proud of our U.S.-based manufacturing team,” said Grenville Sutcliffe, Husky president.

“Thanks to the innovation of our engineers, our product line continues to grow. That’s because we put customers first. We try to solve their problems,” he said. “None of this would be possible without a strong and dedicated team. That’s what we have here at Husky, a great team.”

The company’s General Fueling products include nozzles, swivels, Safe-T-Breaks and accessories for service station fuel delivery systems.

In recent years, the company implemented an acquisition strategy that expanded its product portfolio into related industries, including BJE Lube and Oil Products, Hewitt Aviation Fueling Products and S.U.R.&R. Fluid Line Repair Solutions.

Husky also has formed strategic partnerships with Benecor DEF Dispensing and Storage systems, Enevo Logistics Optimization, and RS Liquid Loading Arms.

The company has several employees who have been with the company for many years. Just one example is Tammy Steffens, who joined Husky in 1983.

Currently responsible for accounts payable/production control, Steffens said she has enjoyed the opportunity to watch the company grow and expand over the years.