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About the arklay s. Richards Co., inc. | History | manufacturing

In 1938 a young ambitious engineer by the name of Arklay Richards was confident he could manufacture superior quality thermocouples and related supplies at a significant cost savings to the industrial termperature sensor consumer. The same year Arklay turned this idea into reality and the Arklay S. Richards Co., Inc. was founded. The manufacturing company began from humble beginnings. Arklay compiled thermocouple sales by day and manufactured, tested, and packaged thermocouples by night. Superior customer service was always a priority and the following day the orders were shipped to customers. In these early days, the entire operation was conducted within the basement of Arklay's home.

The Arklay S. Richards Co., Inc. is now celebrating its 75th year anniversary. By maintaining our founding principles we have grown into the oldest continuously family owned and operated thermocouple manufacturer in the country. The Arklay S. Richards Co., Inc. has a long list of family members who have worked in the company over the years which include Arklay's: sons, grand son, grand daughters, great grand daughter and great grand son. The company also has the privilege of employing a second generation of manufacturing personnel who are not related to the family.

The Arklay S. Richards Co., Inc. began as a specialized manufacturer of thermocouples but now has also applied its high quality sensor manufacturing resources into producing the finest industrial, high wind speed anemometers and wind directions vanes available today. Our comprehensive product line now includes thermocouples, RTD's, Thermocouple wire, Temperature Instruments, Nichrome Heater Wire, Anemometers, Wind Vanes, Wind Alarms and Displays, Quartz Tubes and Tubing, Pressure Gauges, and many more industrial process instruments.

We would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have been with us for many years. Going forward, we will again use our founding principles and continue to manufacture the highest quality products you have come to expect from Richards.