Elite Controls, Inc. to join Hydraquip, Inc. and form new division – Hydraquip Electric Systems

Houston, Texas – On August 3rd, 2022, Hydraquip, Inc. announced the merger of its affiliate, Elite Controls, Inc. (ECI), as a division of Hydraquip.  The division will be called Hydraquip Electric Systems. In 2015, Elite Controls, Inc. was established to specialize in creating electrohydraulic and fully electric control systems for mobile equipment. The company is currently located in a state-of-the-art 16,000 sq. ft. panel build facility allows them to design and deliver quality panels for a large variety of applications, and they also provide electric motors and Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs).

By joining with Hydraquip, this new division will be able to support the electrification solutions initiative for Hydraquip and ECI customers. The new division will be able to benefit from Hydraquip’s long relationship with Danfoss Power Solutions and access to Danfoss Editron fully electric and hybrid systems which complement the Danfoss PLUS+1® programming expertise and Danfoss VACON® and VLT® Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) available from ECI.By creating this new division, Hydraquip completely aligns themselves with the Danfoss’ strategy of wholistic solutions for electrification.

As the new VP of Technology for Hydraquip, Dalton Hamilton will lead the growth of electrification at Hydraquip. Scott Jones, president of ECI will now serve as Hydraquip’s Director of Special Projects and the entire teams will focus on developing and providing state-of-the-art solutions for customers.

“I look forward to working with Scott Jones to continue to grow and further enhance our electrification solutions for customers,” said Dalton Hamilton, Vice President of Technology at Hydraquip. “As their trusted fluid power partner, we want to be in the best position to assist them with the transition to electric power.”

“I’ve been working with Danfoss PLUS+1® control systems since the inception of the software and am proud to help many customers on a global basis with their design and equipment enhancement,” said Scott Jones. “I look forward to continuing this work in partnership with Hydraquip.”

“We are excited to welcome the ECI team to Hydraquip,” said Scott Nelson, President of Hydraquip. “We value our long-standing relationship with Danfoss and are very bullish on our ability to provide solutions to many more customers by aligning with the Danfoss electrification strategy. As an employee-owned company, we are personally invested in the success of our customers and their business.”

Hydraquip, Inc. is a subsidiary of Employee Owned Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, that specializes in innovative power solutions across multiple markets, and has locations in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. For other information about EOHI and our family of employee-owned companies, please visit www.eoh-inc.com.

Hydraquip, Inc. Welcomes New President, Scott Nelson

Houston, Texas – On January 1, 2021, Scott Nelson began responsibility as president of Hydraquip, Inc. With over 25 years of service within the company, Scott has played a key role in Hydraquip’s growth and will be instrumental in leading the company in its next chapter.

Scott started at Hydraquip in 1995 in an inside sales role before being promoted to outside sales in 1998. After gaining trust with his customers and fellow employee owners, Scott was promoted to Regional Sales Manager in 2007. In his management role, Scott maintained several key accounts and earned the prestigious “Salesperson of the Year” award three times: in 2007, 2008 and 2011.  Scott was instrumental in growing Hydraquip’s largest product line, Danfoss Power Solutions, through various markets in upstream oil & gas, including well stimulation, seismic, and drilling.

Scott continued to gain influence at the company and within the industry, as he was later promoted to Vice President with responsibility for overseeing the leadership of Texas and Louisiana. Scott currently serves as an officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Hydraquip, and he continues to maintain his fluid power specialist certification with the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS).

“I feel proud to serve the customers of Hydraquip for the past 25 years,” says Scott, “and I look forward to the new challenge of leading this organization.  We have a talented team of employee-owners, world class vendor partners and great opportunities to continue to grow and diversify our business.”

“Scott and I have worked together closely for many years, and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead this business,” said Richard Neels, President of Employee Owned Holdings, Inc. (EOHI) the parent company of Hydraquip, Inc. “His reputation in the industry, passion for the people in this business and ability to create value for our customers will continue to lead him to future success.”

EOHI is a 100% employee owned company based in Houston, Texas and the parent of Hydraquip, Inc.,  Supreme Integrated Technology, Inc., Elite Controls, Inc. and Gulf Controls Company, Inc. collectively doing business primarily in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona & New Mexico.

EOHI Employee Spotlight: July 2019

EOHI is filled with dedicated employees. This employee spotlight series highlights our talented individuals who work with us. For July, we’ve chosen to highlight Toney Tolbert, our Production Coordinator for Hydraquip at our Houston office. We asked Toney some questions to get to know him better and to see why he enjoys being a part of our EOHI family.

What is your role at Hydraquip? Briefly describe what you do.

“I am the Production Coordinator (in Houston Texas). I manage the entire Hose and Couplings department with a team by overseeing all daily operations. Our department produces hydraulic kits for various customers in the area. On average, we produce 2,500 hoses a month.”

Who/What inspires you?

“Tim Nichols, Hydraquip President, because he has respectable qualities that make him a great President and I try to display his qualities of integrity and loyalty throughout my daily life. Gordan Shellhaas, former Vice President of Hydraquip, also inspires me because he moved up through the ranks to become a top performer with excellent leadership qualities. I aspire to grow into a leadership role.”

Where were you born?

“I was born and raised right here in Houston, TX.”

If you had to pick one strength you bring to the team, what would it be?

“My ability to multitask in different roles such as shipping, inside and outside sales. I provide a lot of versatility to the team.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I’m a home body. I enjoy watching Netflix, specifically shows like Narcos and Ozark. When I’m not relaxing with Netflix, I like to work on cars.”

What’s the best thing about your job?

“I love the flexibility about my job. It is cool being trusted with certain tasks and not having a supervisor worrying about whether the job will get done.”

What’s been one of your proudest moments at Hydraquip?
“One of my proudest moments was when James Cooper, Account Manager, chose for me to go on my first outside sales call with him. We worked a full 24 hours that day. Having his trust and faith in me to get everything done correctly with a huge client was something I’ll never forget.”

If you could learn how to do one thing, what would it be?

“I wish I knew foreign languages, especially French. I always admire people I see or meet who are speaking different languages and think it would be cool to be able to join in on their conversations in their language of choice.”

Thank you, Toney, for all your hard work and dedication to our company. We appreciation all that you do!