Red Lion Controls, the expert in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, announced that the company is celebrating 40 years of providing innovative products to customers around the world. Since its birth in a Pennsylvania garage in the early 1970s, Red Lion has expanded its operations to include more than 15 offices across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
To commemorate this milestone, Red Lion recently launched its new better.together website to recognize the company history while sharing news following recent acquisitions of two industrial networking companies. The website includes a three minute timeline video showing President Mike Granby walking through Red Lion’s history.
Red Lion first established itself as a provider of superior industrial automation products, earning nationwide recognition for being the #1 panel meter company in the United States – a title that is still held today. Looking to broaden its product portfolio, the company acquired Paradigm Controls, a UK-based leader in the operator panel market, in 1996.
In 2010, Red Lion – realizing the potential of Ethernet for industrial applications – acquired N-Tron, a well-established manufacturer of hardened industrial switches. The combination of Ethernet with automation enables customers to not only communicate and display data, but also move data from the manufacturing plant through the enterprise. The following year, the company added industrial RTUs, Layer 3 switches and cellular M2M products with the acquisition of Sixnet, a leading provider of industrial networking solutions for markets such as power, utilities, transportation, maritime, military and more.
“We are in the middle of exciting changes, as we celebrate our anniversary and take steps towards bringing N-Tron and Sixnet together as part of a bigger, better Red Lion,” said Mike Granby, president of Red Lion Controls. “The end result? A comprehensive set of products that let you connect, monitor, and control anything. From one device to a thousand devices. Connecting serially, via Ethernet, or over high-speed wireless networks. Speaking one protocol, or hundreds of protocols. On a single machine, across your factory, or spanning multiple sites all over the globe.”
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