Flow Control Holdings’ Steel & O’Brien Division Acquires Top Line Process Equipment

August 3, 2020

Flow Control Holdings, LLC, a premier provider of highly engineered flow components for market critical applications in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, has announced the acquisition of Top Line Process Equipment, a division of Allegheny Bradford Corporation. “We are excited about the acquisition of Top Line Process Equipment,” said Phil Pejovich, CEO of Flow Control Holdings, LLC.  “This acquisition expands our presence and product offering in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. We are particularly excited about the Top-Flo® brand of products, and its strong reputation in the pharmaceutical industry.”

The Top Line operations will be integrated with Flow Control Holdings’ Steel & O’Brien division in Arcade, NY.  Already maintaining the industry’s largest inventory with over $25M of sanitary fittings and valves, Steel & O’Brien will make a significant investment in additional inventory of the Top-Flo® line of products.  “Our goal is to provide industry leading service levels for our highly engineered Top-Flo diaphragm valves, actuated valves and pumps, like we do for our fittings,” added Pejovich.

Steel & O’Brien differentiates itself with the pledge of Simplifying Sanitary Through Superior Service.  “In the spirit of delivering simplicity and service, we are moving quickly to serve all customers without missing a beat,” said Pete Beyette, General Manager of Steel & O’Brien.  “As we look ahead, the only changes our customers should see are those that will make doing business easier.”

Additionally, customers that are new to Steel & O’Brien will now have access to the company’s ISO-certified, 200,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility with the capability and capacity to make custom products with factory fit, function, and finish.

For any questions, please contact Todd Starr, Chief Growth Officer, at Flow Control Holdings (todd@fchinc.com, 269-208-8318).



Flow Control Holdings (www.fchinc.com) is a private-equity backed portfolio company investing in companies in the food, beverage, dairy, and pharmaceutical segments of the flow control industry.

The Edgewater Funds (www.edgewaterfunds.com) is a Chicago-based private equity firm with over $2.7 billion of capital commitments raised since 2001. Through Edgewater Growth Capital Partners, The Edgewater Funds partners with management to help accelerate growth in their businesses. 

JZ Partners, LLC (www.jzpartners.com), based in Chicago and New York, have invested in privately held businesses for nearly 40 years.  The principals of JZ Partners have made more than 300 investments.

Founded in 1990, Steel & O’Brien (www.steelobrien.com) is an American manufacturer of sanitary stainless steel fittings, valves, and parts for the food processing, beverage, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries.