A Scottish engineer of the same name founded the James Walker Group in 1882. At a time when greasy rope had historically been the only option, the firm began supplying molded steam packings for use in ships' engines, establishing itself in the marketplace.
In the early 1900s, US operations began in New York City, an international port and logical choice for a manufacturer of marine packings and seals. As the company's focus shifted to land-based industries, James Walker's facilities were relocated to the Chicago area in the 1950s.
From its base of operations in Glenwood, Illinois, the US Division now manufactures a broad range of molded seals and nonmetallic expansion joints, supporting a variety of industries.
Additional manufacturing locations include Great Britain, the Netherlands, India and Australia. Wholly owned companies in ten countries and exclusive distributors, in approximately 30 more represent the Group worldwide.
The Glenwood, Illinois manufacturing facility is a self contained unit, manufacturing a full range of molded seals in NBR, HNBR and fluorocarbon elastomers, both homogenous and textile reinforced, as well as in other materials as required. With some innovative molding techniques we have been able to manufacture solid (endless) fully molded rings up to 14 feet in diameter.
The plant focuses on the production of standard and custom designs for large diameters, high pressures, metric sizes, exotic fluids, and other specialized applications. Small runs can be accommodated without heavy tooling costs using a unique temporary molding technique that allows molds to be manufactured in reusable materials at a fraction of the cost of conventional tooling. These molds are AutoCAD designed, cast and machined "in-house".