Klein Tools, Garlock, Yokogawa, and Larox Celebrate Success

These companies are marking major milestones in some unique ways this year.

The following companies are marking major milestones in some unique ways this year:

Klein Tools is announcing a truck giveaway, an end-user promotion to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary, as well as weekly and monthly prizes. In 1857, company founder Mathias Klein forged the first-known U.S.-made pliers. Since then, Klein Tools has grown to be a leading manufacturer of hand tools and occupational protective equipment. Contest participants can enter to win by visiting www.kleintools.com/truck through March 30. Participants must be 21-years-old and a legal resident of the U.S. The following prizes will be randomly awarded:

Grand Prize: 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi pickup truck

First Place: Winner's choice of Klein Tools products worth $1,000

Second Place: Winner's choice of Klein Tools products worth $500

Monthly Drawing: Six winners to receive six commemorative Journeyman hand tools (side cutting pliers, long nose pliers, diagonal cutting pliers, crimper, pump pliers, and cable cutter) featuring the company's anniversary logo

Weekly Drawing: Select Klein Tools 150th anniversary gear that includes hats, shirts, key chains, coasters, cards, beverage tools, etc.

Garlock Sealing Technologies, a leader in the fluid sealing industry, is marking its 120th anniversary. Founded by Olin J. Garlock in 1887 as a piston rod sealing company, the company is now a top player in the fluid sealing industry with 1,500 employees in 13 global operations, supported by a network of authorized distributors in 79 countries. Garlock provides fluid sealing solutions to a wide spectrum of industries including chemical processing, petrochemical, refining, pulp and paper, power generation, electronics, steel mills, food and pharmaceutical, mining, and original equipment manufacturers. To mark Garlock's anniversary, parent company EnPro Industries is investing $35 million over five years in its Palmyra Modernization Project, which includes the recently completed construction of a 114,000-square-foot Klozure facility used for manufacturing high-performance Garlock Klozure oil seals, bearing isolators, and mechanical seals. The company is also celebrating another milestone this year — the 40th anniversary of its Gylon gaskets, considered the premier restructured PTFE on the market.

Yokogawa is commemorating its 50th anniversary in North America this year. A leading-edge technology company focused on measurement, control, and information, Yokogawa established its first office in North America in New York City in October 1957 under the name Yokogawa Electric Works Inc. The name was changed to Yewtec Corp. in 1968 and to Yokogawa Corp. of America in 1975. In recognition of its anniversary, the company has held celebrations at its Newnan, GA, and Sugar Land, TX, facilities.

Larox's Pannevis RT horizontal vacuum belt filter is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Larox is a leading supplier of solid/liquid separation solutions for the world's process industries. Its Pannevis RT created a revolution in vacuum belt filtration in 1967, becoming the first tray-type horizontal vacuum belt filter. The company is also celebrating the delivery of the 1,500th Pannevis RT filter this year.