J.F.D. Tube & Coil Products, Inc. was founded in September, 1983 by Joseph Orlowski, Frank Simmons, and Diane Orlowski. Joe, Frank, and Diane started in a small 1500 square foot facility in East Haven, Connecticut. Our initial focus was on bending and coiling tube and pipe with several small coiling and bending machines. Within two years, we decided to expand our product offerings to include shell & tube heat exchangers and tube bundles. We moved our operations into an 8,000 square foot facility in New Haven, Connecticut and acquired a wide array of new machinery, tooling, and equipment. These expansions also included the acquisition of our most valuable resource, our first employees. As our workforce and equipment grew, so did our manufacturing capabilities. We set out to become a recognizable name among heat transfer manufacturers, known for our quality and service within the industry.
In March of 1986, we expanded our capabilities to include A.S.M.E. Section VIII, Division I "U" and "UM" certifications for fabrication of unfired pressure vessels and heat exchangers. This addition allowed us to compete with larger companies on new heat transfer applications. It also allowed us to offer customizable replacement heat exchangers, cross referencing and duplicating the dimensions of many other heat exchanger manufacturers. Several years later, we received a National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) "R" stamp to repair, retube, rebuild, or alter ASME code vessels.
In October of 1986, we built a 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility at what is now our current location in Hamden, Connecticut. The increased production space allowed us to hold a large inventory of material and production capital, significantly reducing costs and lead times for our customers. This allowed us to gain a larger share of the heat exchanger and tube bundle markets, through our ability to ship tube bundles in as little as 24 hours, and heat exchangers in as little as 2 weeks.
In August of 1989, our facility was partially destroyed by a tornado. Despite the disaster, we demonstrated our commitment to reliability and excellence by remaining open during the rebuilding process.
Since the 1990’s we have continued to expand our product lines in the coil, heat exchanger, and tube bundle markets. We added product lines including chiller barrels, fin coils, and tanks. Our reputation for fabricating quality standard and custom heat transfer equipment has continued to grow.
In December of 2010, Frank retired, selling his ownership shares to T.J. Orlowski, who had been with us since 2001.
J.F.D. has been an aggressive force in the heat transfer manufacturing industry since 1983: continually expanding its capabilities with investments in new technology, production capital, and new product development. These strides help to keep customers' costs and lead times to a minimum. We continue to look for new market opportunities while maintaining our tradition of excellence and reliability.