COVER STORY: Kuriyama of America celebrates 50 years

From left to right: Gary Kammes, Brian Dutton, and Les Kraska outside the Kuriyama of America office in Schaumburg, Illinois.

For 50 years, Kuriyama of America, Inc. has been serving customers with hoses and fittings for industrial process industries including oil and gas, pneumatic transfer, food and beverage, chemical processing, pharmaceutical, agricultural, wastewater and more. Hose & Coupling World had the pleasure of speaking to Gary Kammes, Corporate Manager – Public Communications, Brian Dutton, Vice President and General Manager, and Les Kraska, President, about the history of the company, how it has adapted to changes in the industry and how it plans to tackle the next half a century.

When it first opened its doors back in 1965, Kuriyama started out as a representative office; a reseller of goods imported from its Japanese parent company, Kuriyama Rubber Co., Ltd. Since then, through collaboration and acquisitions, it has grown into a global supplier with one of the most diverse product catalogs in the industry.


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