“Apollo’s” commercial and industrial valves are designed, engineered, cast, machined, assembled, and tested in our state-of-the-art facilities in the Carolinas, right down to our yellow handles. In fact, we’ve been American-made from the very beginning.
In 1928, Consolidated Brass Company began doing business in Detroit following the merger of two companies manufacturing boiler trim components, gas cocks, and air cocks. The company name later was shortened to Conbraco, and in 1957, the business moved to North Carolina.
In a turning point for the company, Conbraco Industries, Inc., produced and marketed the first “Apollo” bronze ball valve, better known as our 70 series valve, in 1968. A revolutionary innovation at the time, the product, named for the Apollo space mission, took off like a rocket.
By 2008, the branded trade name “Apollo”was more recognized than the corporate name, so all products were rebranded as “Apollo” Valves. Everything that had been sold under the Conbraco brand – including plumbing and heating products, water gauges, pop safety and relief valves, marine fittings, and backflow prevention devices – joined the company's ball valves, actuators, and mixing valves to complete the “Apollo” Valves family of products.
Last year, “Apollo” turned 90 – and we’re already looking forward to the next 90 years.