Industrial Rubber & Mechanics Inc. (INRUMEC) was founded in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1963 by Fred and Edna von Hillebrandt as a distributor for Industrial Rubber Products including Industrial Hoses, Conveyor Belting, and related accessories. The “Mechanics” side of the business came with the inclusion of Mechanical Systems such as Conveyors and Components.
A History of Steady Growth
After years of continuous growth, INRUMEC moved into its current Headquarter in Luchetti Industrial Park in Bayamon in 1985. In order to improve service to customers in the southern part of the island INRUMEC opened its first branch in Ponce in 1991. The immediate success of this branch led to the opening of another branch in 1995 in Mayaguez. Both branches were later converted to Parker Stores specialized in offering Parker Fluid Connectors and Parker Fluid Power Components.
In 1996 Fred von Hillebrandt decided to retire following a long and successful career. After having worked for 10 years in various positions within the company, his son, Thomas von Hillebrandt became President.
In the year 2000 INRUMEC remodeled its Headquarter in Bayamon expanding its warehouse and office space in order to meet the ever-growing demand for its products and services. We also incorporated a Parker Store within our facilities offering the most complete inventory of hydraulic hoses and fittings, fluid power components, factory trained professionals and a wide array of services to our customers in the metropolitan area.
Realizing the tremendous opportunities in the pharmaceutical, biotech and food industry, in January 2005 INRUMEC acquired the Caguas operation of CPI Controls, a specialized distributor of High Purity and Corrosion Resistant Pipe Valves and Fittings. This location is now the driver of INRUMEC’s High Purity Fluid Transfer Group.
In October 2005 INRUMEC acquired Packaging Automation Corporation to add Packaging Machinery to its expanding Material Handling product offering.
Now, INRUMEC is part of the Kaman Industrial Technologies organization. Kaman’s acquisition of INRUMEC in 2008 greatly increased the company’s ability to serve the Bearings and Power Transmission needs of the islands many industrial consumers. The integration of these two respected companies builds on the capabilities of each, as well as their reputations for innovative manufacturing solutions, product expertise and a drive to help customers improve their profitability through greater operational efficiency.
A Valued Industrial Resource
In order to provide customers with the most comprehensive product availability and technical service possible, INRUMEC is now organized into 5 strategic product groups:
- Fluid Power
- Fluid Transfer
- Material Handling
- Bearings & Power Transmission
- Packaging Machinery
Our mission is to represent leading manufacturers and provide our customers accurate technical assistance, superior quality products, excellent service, and a competitive price. We seek to become a valued technical resource to our customers in order to become their preferred source for our products and services.