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Gas/Liquid Separators Brand History

Wright-Austin Type S Separator 1934

We offer a cyclonic separator design made by two manufacturers, one domestically located and the other having a manufacturing plant in Mexico.

The basis for our product offering are the Wright-Austin™ gas liquid separators, exhaust heads and float drain traps.  Wright-Austin™ was established in 1894 and pioneered the cyclone separator design. The Wright-Austin™ brand is now owned by Eaton Hydraulics LLC, Filtration Division.  Eaton acquired the Wright-Austin™ brand when they acquired Hayward Filtration in 2005.  Hayward previously acquired Wright-Austin™ in 1996.

After the acquisition by Hayward, the Wright-Austin™ facility in Michigan was closed and manufacturing operations transferred to New Jersey.  Some key personnel  from Wright-Austin™ did not want to make the move to New Jersey and instead decided to remain in Michigan and form another separator manufacturing company called Circle-S.

After Eaton's acquisition of Hayward, they decided to maintain corporate headquarters with design and engineering in New Jersey, but transferred manufacturing to Mexico.  Although Eaton has fabrication capabilities within the USA and other countries, most of the Wright-Austin™ products are manufactured in Mexico with the castings for their iron products originating from China.

Circle-S has one manufacturing location in Monroe, Michigan and you will notice that their drawings and datasheets are often identical to the Eaton/Wright-Austin™ datasheets because they both utilize the same "original" Wright-Austin™ design.