Lexair was founded in April of 1977 as a manufacturer of high pressure compressors and stainless steel valves for the United States Navy. Mid-year 1985 we acquired all rights to the hydraulic and pneumatic valve lines from Airmatic Allied (a division of Snaptite, Inc) which included the Hi-Cyclic® product line from Beckett-Harcum. These products are now manufactured and distributed under the Lexair name. In addition to previously existing products and these acquisitions, we have continually expanded our Fluid Power Product offerings as we design and manufacture new or modified items to meet the special requirements of our customers. As a world leader in this market segment, we stand ready to meet any challenge.
In 1994 we introduced our first barfeed product, the Rhinobar®. This heavy-duty hydrodynamic bar feeder for CNC lathes launched Lexair firmly into the Machine Tool Accessory marketplace. That same year, we also became the exclusive North American agent for the “Multifeed”, a “magazine style” short bar loader manufactured by Hydrafeed LTD., a major European barfeed manufacturer. In 1996, our patented Mini-Rhinobar® hydrodynamic bar feeder was designed and released specifically for the CNC swiss-type screw machine market. Mid-year 1996 we acquired the complete collet chuck line from Buck Tool Company (formerly part of the Buck Chuck line). Following this acquisition, we developed many new collet workholding devices for the machine tool industry. In August 2002, we acquired the Production Dynamics® line of collet style chucks which includes our popular Full Bore® and Prodyne® models. With the acquisition of these two companies and our continued new product development, Lexair has become a world leader in the Machine Tool Accessory market. In 2012, we were appointed to be the North American importer and master distributor for both OML and SYSTEC. OML is Italy’s premiere fixture and workholding manufacturer, SYSTEC is the leading manufacturer of chucks in Brazil.
Our products are distributed by over 100 independent distributors and agents in the United States, Canada and Mexico with exports to the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia.