In 2001, ERIE Press Systems sought to expand it's capabilities in order to serve our customers better. To that aim, we acquired L&F Industries of California, including their subsidiaries Hufford and Sheridan Gray. As a designer of special application presses for the aerospace, automotive, and passenger rail industries among others, L&F Industries both complimented Erie's current operations while supplementing our comprehensive list of services and products.
As one of two suppliers worldwide of hydraulic presses for superplastic forming/diffusion bonding, hot forming and stretch forming processes, L&F Industries has been an invaluable addition to ERIE Press Systems. Moreover, as a company with over thirty years of experience and some of the best machinery and control designers in North America, L&F Industries added a new category of expertise to Erie's already impressive engineering and design credentials.
The additional state-of-the-art processes brought to us by L&F Industries has also opened us up to more markets. This has allowed us to bring the quality products and services of ERIE Press Systems to new applications such as military and commercial jet manufacturing. Simultaneously, L&F Industries has allowed us to offer more comprehensive turnkey solutions to our existing customers.
The merger with L&F Industries furthers the tradition of growth and evolution that have defined the more than a century long history of ERIE Press Systems, and it reflects our commitment to continual self-improvement in order to offer the best products and services possible to our customers.