STS Aerospace is our new name, but the companies that make up the STS Aerospace brand have fabricated rigid pipes and flexible hoses since the infancy of aerospace technology. Titeflex started in Newark, NJ with origins going back to the famous Westinghouse family and our first patent in 1916. The aerospace business was small during World War I, but grew during World War II and the company moved from Newark to Springfield, MA in the early 1950s where we still produce hose to this day. Kreisler started as a jewelry company in 1914 and, like Titeflex, grew the aerospace business during World War II when Curtiss-Wright, another New Jersey company, asked Kreisler to produce the rigid pipes for their engines. In the 1970s when the Concorde aircraft was built, Titeflex expanded into France to support the growth of Airbus and continued to support Airbus with the expansion into India in 2007. Scotia Technology’s roots began with the Precision Products machine shop formed in 1976 which then became Lakes Region Tubular Products Inc doing business as Scotia Technology with core business alignment for tube bending, brazing and welding.
The companies maintained their individual identities over the years, however in 2017 Arlington Capital Partners Company acquired Scotia Technology and Kreisler as part of the United Flexible portfolio including complex tubes and flex tubes. Smiths Group plc , which already owned Titeflex and Lewis and Saunders purchased United Flexible in 2019 making all the tube companies part of the Flex-Tek Group operating as best value for fluid conveyance requirements to our customers as STS Aerospace. The long and proud legacy of our businesses combined with our dedication to provide integral services and solutions along with the support of Smiths Group plc has positioned STS Aerospace for a bright future as we support our customers and the industry for another century.