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About the Fulton Companies

The Fulton Companies is an American multi-national group of companies headquartered in Pulaski, New York, USA. Fulton researches, engineers, manufactures and sells complex heat transfer equipment for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications. Today, Fulton employs more than 875 people in facilities in five countries, and has served as an industry leader of emerging heat technologies for more than 60 years.

Lewis Palm

Family Heritage

Fulton’s founder, Lewis Palm, was a pioneer in the engineering of steam equipment for the laundry and dry cleaning markets. In a small garage next to his home in Fulton, New York, Lewis invented the first Vertical Tubeless Boiler in 1949. Upon the receipt of his first sale, Lewis tied the boiler to the trunk of his car and drove it hundreds of miles from New York to Michigan.

Within just a few short years, this same boiler would become the most popular model on the market for dry cleaners and launderers nationally -- and the company founded as a result of that first sale would include approximately 70 employees and a manufacturing facility in Oswego, New York. The highly-skilled staff who fabricated Fulton boilers were ingenuity experts, producing an extraordinarily high number of boilers annually – approximately 2,000 - in an era before high-tech tools and technology were implemented to streamline production.

The latest innovations and newest technologies continued to capture Lewis’ interest and steered the direction of Fulton’s growth. Meanwhile, Lewis’ son, Ronald, had entered the family business with an eye for expanding product lines. In the 1970s, Ronald began to develop a version of a thermal fluid heater that was to be the backbone of emerging growth at Fulton. Ronald’s heater incorporated the interaction of fluid spinning at high velocity with high-spin flame, hooked up to a hose to monitor the progression of fluid entry. Eventually he integrated coils into the design, obtained a patent, and founded Fulton Thermal Corporation, Inc. in 1974.

Lewis’ grandson and Ronald’s son, Bram, joined the team in the 1980s, bringing a third generation of renewed dedication to innovative technologies at Fulton. Bram continues to place a strong emphasis on Research & Development, energy efficiencies, global impact, and environmental responsibility.

Global Manufacturing

Growth and expansion as the direct results of quality products and customer satisfaction paved the way for Fulton’s expansion beyond the United States. In 1966, Fulton established a facility in Bristol, England (Fulton Ltd). Fulton Ltd made it possible to manufacture products more efficiently and assemble completed units for export markets. In 1980, it expanded its North American operations to include Canada with the founding of Fulton Boiler Works Canada in Toronto.

Fulton continued its interest in global markets with a venture into Asia in the 1990s. In 1995, Fulton China in Hangzhou was founded, with further Chinese growth in 2003 with Fulton Ningbo. Fulton China facilities today contribute approximately 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company.

Additional growth of Fulton holdings came by way of the purchase of Volcanic Heater in 2000. Primarily located in Alliance, Ohio, Volcanic is a premier manufacturer of heaters for both marine and land-based customers.

Fulton’s product offerings during this time had grown to range from steam and hydronic boilers, to thermal fluid heaters, with a large array of ancillary equipment. In an effort to fulfill the growing need for systems integration and controls, Fulton established an affiliate company in 2011, Synex Controls. The integration of cutting edge controls technology with consumer needs has allowed Synex to establish itself as an innovator in the emerging facility HVAC management controls market.

Expanding Capabilities

In 2012, Fulton successfully concluded a major facility expansion at its headquarters on Centerville Road in Pulaski NY USA. Our expanded facility allows us to build larger capacity products and more complex skid systems than ever before. Features of the expansion include:

  • 20,000 SQ FT of additional office space
  • 10,000 SQ FT of dedicated R&D space
  • 82,000 SQ FT of new manufacturing space
  • 70 TONS of additional lifting capacity

The facility also features a one-of-a-kind heating system showcasing many of Fulton's own products, including: Invictus Heat Pumps, Pulse HW, Reliance, and Vantage, all of which are monitored and sequenced with a ModSync sequencing system from Synex Controls.

This expansion has served to support projects that include expansion of thermal fluid heating product lines, creating lower emissions products, and manufacturing a wider range of large boilers.

Focused on the Future

Fulton continues to keep an eye to the future, with the establishment of a new and separate company to streamline Fulton’s commitment to excellence in customer supportFulton Service Solutions. Today’s market requires the capabilities to provide service for complex equipment, systems, and controls, and Fulton is at-the-ready to deliver cutting-edge expertise for any aftermarket needs, no matter the manufacturer.

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