Founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1895 by Edward Golden and Charles Anderson as "Golden-Anderson Valve & Specialty Company", its earliest products were valves for boiler works.
The company grew by adding products and expanding into other markets. By 1956 the founders were deceased, and the company was acquired by a small group of executive management who focused GA on the specialized needs of the growing municipal water and wastewater market.
In 1974 the company was re-named GA Industries, Inc. and in 1979 moved into new facilities in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Pittsburgh.
Over the next 25 years GA expanded its Cranberry facility several times, added second manufacturing plant 5 miles (8 km) away in Mars, Pennsylvania and converted virtually all of its production to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery. GA Industries, Inc. also established manufacturing licensees to serve certain international markets and expanded its product offering through new product introductions and acquisitions.
On February 1, 2008, GA Industries, Inc. was acquired by Rexnord Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. The acquisition not only expanded Rexnord's presence in the water and wastewater market but also strengthened GA Industries' position as a world leader in the engineering, manufacturing and delivery of high-quality products to meet the challenging needs of the municipal and industrial water and wastewater market.
In December 2011 Rexnord acquired VAG Armaturen GmbH of Mannheim, Germany, an internationally renowned manufacturer of highly engineered water control valves with a primary focus on dam and hydropower applications. VAG, GA Industries and Rodney Hunt formed Rexnord's "Valve and Gate Group."
A change in Rexnord’s business philosophy resulted in the divestiture of Rodney Hunt in 2016. Coincident with the divestiture, GA Industries name changed to VAG USA, LLC and operated as the US based subsidiary of VAG GmbH. Subsequently in 2018 Rexnord divested VAG GmbH and its subsidiary VAG USA to Aurelius Equity Opportunities, based in Munich, Germany.
VAG USA, LLC, an ISO-9001 certified facility, continues to manufacture GA Industries brand valves. For improved manufacturing and warehousing efficiency, in December 2019, VAG USA, LLC consolidated its operations into its Mars, Pennsylvania facility.
GA Industries brand valves are backed by a competent team of problem solving application engineers and network of sales representatives who work closely with consultants and specifiers to assist in the application of GA Industries products.
When you specify and buy GA Industries brand automatic valves, you are investing in a product designed to provide many decades of dependable service. To make sure, VAG USA, LLC’s service parts department maintains detailed records and a substantial inventory of repair parts, even for valves that have been in service for 50 years or more!
GA Industries…the single source for water and wastewater valves for over a hundred and twenty years!
GA Industries brand valves are manufactured and distributed by VAG USA, LLC in Mars, Pennsylvania, USA. VAG USA, LLC is a member of the VAG Group headquartered in Mannheim, Germany.
VAG USA, LLC manufactures and distributes GA Industries brand valves to USA and Canadian municipal and industrial customers from its facility in Mars, Pennsylvania, USA.
The VAG Group designs and manufactures VAG brand valves at its principal factory in Mannheim and at production facilities in Czech Republic, China, India and South Africa. VAG brand products are used all over the world in municipal water and wastewater systems, dams and hydropower facilities, power plants and industrial complexes.
In North America, VAG Group has a specialized team of application engineers to support VAG’s "Customized Engineered" valves for large diameter water transmission line and dam/hydropower applications, complementing VAG USA, LLC's municipal/industrial market focus.