Louis Campbell Sr. founded Campbell Fittings, originally called The Campbell Nipple Works, in the early 1900's. It was a small pipe nipple manufacturer serving industrial markets primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States. The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was a major customer and was virtually the only customer during both World Wars I and II.
Louis Campbell sold the business to Frederick Paff after World War II and the company has remained in the family ever since. Mr. Paff, educated as an engineer, and his son Thomas, with extensive marketing experience in the advertising field, teamed together in 1960 and expanded the business from a regional manufacturer of a single product line to a national supplier of a variety of products for the Water Well Industry.
Success was achieved through a critical balance of superior engineering, innovative design and customer service ... a recipe unchanged for three generations.
Through the late 1960's and into the 1970's, Campbell Fittings also developed an extensive line of combination nipples for industrial hose applications. This product group was sold exclusively through other manufacturers in order for them to bolster their own line of hose fittings.
The early 1980's saw great upheaval in the industrial markets. Cheap, imported couplings drove prices down at the same time a recession reduced demand. It was at this time that Campbell Fittings made a significant shift from making hose fittings for other manufacturers to developing their own line of products.
Hose manufacturers were developing new hoses capable of handling higher pressures, wider temperature ranges and an expanding breadth of media. Campbell Fittings seized this opportunity to provide innovative fittings solutions for the new hose applications and to market these products through industrial hose distributors.
In the mid-1990's, Thomas J. Paff, Campbell Fittings' current president, spent three years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hose and Accessories Distributors (NAHAD). Continuing the Campbell tradition of focusing on safety and engineering, Mr. Paff organized and co-chaired a new committee to establish hose assembly standards.
In April of 2000, the Assembly Standards Committee published the first comprehensive standards for the safe use and testing of hose assemblies. Campbell Fittings' Chief Engineer, Dave Street, was a major force in helping write and establish this first set of standards.
Campbell Fittings Today
Campbell Fittings' superior engineering, innovative design and customer service remain the strengths of the business today. We design and manufacture innovative products which offer safety and cost benefits to both the distributor and end-user.
Campbell Fittings is recognized throughout the industry as a manufacturer of the finest hose fittings, couplings, and clamps of their kind in the world, and currently our engineers are working closely with engineers of major hose manufacturers to develop and test even better, safer products for the future
Whether for air, steam, chemical, petro-chemical, or just water, Campbell Fittings has a system for the application. Think safety and specify Campbell Fittings!