ERIKS, a leading international provider of specialized industrial services, celebrated its 80th anniversary during October.

Founded in Alkmaar in the Netherlands, the company initially focused on supplying gaskets, hoses, seals and drive belts to the dairy sector. Eight decades later, ERIKS has grown to employ 6,500 skilled professionals in 17 countries, serving several industrial segments. To celebrate its anniversary, ERIKS developed a short video highlighting the company’s evolution over the last 80 years.
“Over the past 80 years, the team at ERIKS has had one simple goal: to help customers build even more innovative, successful and profitable businesses through a focus on entrepreneurship and a commitment to technology,” ERIKS North America CEO Shawn Courtney said. “We are proud to celebrate our successful past as part of ERIKS’ 80th birthday, while maintaining that same passionate commitment to serving our customers around the world.”

After spending its first 48 years in the Netherlands and western Europe, RIKS expanded to North America with the acquisition of ERIKS Seals and Plastics in 1988. As part of its continuing investment in North America, ERIKS acquired Rawson, Industrial Concepts and Lewis-Goetz, which gave ERIKS additional product depth and a footprint that spans all throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In 2014, ERIKS North America was officially established for all North American-owned companies and their subsidiaries. ERIKS North America features a comprehensive lineup of product groups from industrial and hydraulic hose to gaskets and seals to conveying systems and more.