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Vickers Incorporated

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Manufacturer of efficient, low-cost devices for powering hydraulic control systems.

Post-WWI Harry Franklin Vickers founded the Vickers Manufacturing Co. in Southern California; later the name was changed to Vickers Inc.

Initially his company was principally engaged in general mechanical and machining work.

After night-school at university, Vickers invented, tested and manufactured some hydraulic innovations, including the first hydraulic power steering system.

He went on to invent numerous key components fundamental to the rapid growth of the fluid power industry, including his most famous innovation, the balanced vane pump.

Vickers Inc. grew steadily, eventually moving its headquarters to Detroit to be closer to its major automotive and industrial customers

1937 Acquired by Sperry Corporation.

1952 Harry Vickers became chairman of Sperry Corporation.

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