OPCO® Company History
The Beginning of OPCO Lubrication
OPCO products were first manufactured in the mid-1960’s by Olsen Products Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The OPCO business was acquired by the Madison- Kipp Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin in 1967, where OPCO products were manufactured and sold world-wide by the Madison-Kipp Products Division, and then Kipp Lubrication Systems, beginning in mid-1987. The ChainMaster and WearMaster product names were introduced in 1987 Lubricants were added to the product line in 1986, and ChainMaster.In August 1989 IDEX Corporation acquired Kipp Lubrication Systems from Madison- Kipp Corporation, and the Madison, Wisconsin based Kipp Lubrication Systems was integrated into the operations of Lubriquip, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, A Unit of IDEX Corporation. The Madison based operation did business as KLS Lubriquip until 2001, when the use of KLS as part of the company name was discontinued. Lubriquip maintained manufacturing operations in Madison, and in Cleveland, Ohio.
Into to Next Century with Graco
Graco Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota acquired Lubriquip, Inc. from IDEX Corporation in July 2006. Brands acquired as part of that acquisition by Graco Inc. included OPCO, WearMaster, Trabon, Manzel and Grease Jockey. Graco Inc. moved the Lubriquip manufacturing operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Cleveland, Ohio to Anoka, Minnesota where they were manufactured and sold by Graco’s Lubrication Equipment Division.
Present Day Operations
OPCO Lubrication Systems, Inc. acquired the assets related to the OPCO®, ChainMaster®, and WearMaster® branded industrial lubrication equipment business from Graco, Inc. in October of 2009. Manufacturing of OPCO products were moved to facilities in Fremont, Michigan where OPCO is made in a joint-venture manufacturing operations with Mighty Lube Systematic Lubrication Inc.Over the years, the OPCO®, ChainMaster®, and WearMaster® product lines have been sold under the company names of: Olsen Products Company, Madison-Kipp Products Division of Madison Kipp Corporation, Kipp Lubrication Systems Inc., KLS, KLS Lubriquip, Graco OPCO, Graco, and OPCO Lubrication Systems, Inc..
OPCO®, ChainMaster®, and WearMaster® are the registered trademarks of OPCO Lubrication Systems, Inc.