Meet the original Corken Founders:
Mr. O.K. Corken, the original founder of Corken Inc., was an ambitious entrepreneur and active contributor to the Oklahoma City community as a businessman, Salvation Army General and Lions Club President. In 1915, Mr. Corken founded the Corken-Hooton Machinery Company which became the Corken Machinery and Supply Co., distributing pumps, belting, hose, and boiler room products to greater Oklahoma and surrounding states.
By 1924, O.K founded the Corken Pump & Machinery Company and his son Charlie later joined the family business after graduating from the Missouri Military Academy. Charlie who was active in local politics, his church, and performing arts, was an innovative marketer and is widely credited for expanding Corken from a local pump and tools distributor into a global brand and manufacturing Company.
In 1945, Charlie hired Garth Kennedy of Phillips Petroleum to design and manufacture a full line of Corken pump and compressor technologies which ultimately lead to the development of many of the products Corken still manufactures today.
One of Charlie’s many notable achievements was the Corken Model 45 pump specified by NASA to fuel the famous X-15 Rocket Plane with anhydrous ammonia. Once flown by Neil Armstrong, the X-15 still holds the world manned-flight speed record of 4,520 miles per hour (Mach 6.7), set in 1967.
As an IDEX Energy, Advanced Flow Solutions (AFS) brand and leading manufacturer of industrial compressors, pumps, bypass valves, and accessories, Corken specializes in custom compressor packaging and pump skids designed for liquefied gas transfer, liquid transfer, air boosting, and vapor recovery applications within the process gas, energy, and transport industries.
Corken’s exceptional reputation is built upon decades of maintaining the highest quality products and customer service standards. This combined with a strong commitment to technological innovation, has positioned Corken as a global leader in compression and pumping solutions.
Our manufacturing team is made of the most highly skilled craftspeople in the region, all working together each day to assure that personal care goes into each task that makes up a Corken product. We rely on a strong combination of in-house engineered designs and a network of strategically located factory authorized full-service distributors to ensure that our customers around the world are supported with technology tailored to each industry’s particular requirements.
We are more than just the products and services we provide. When you choose Corken, you are also choosing our values:
Trust – we make and keep commitments to our customers, our channel, our supply chain, and ourselves.
Team – we win together with integrity embrace diversity and put service before self.
Excellence – we act with discipline and focus, we make a positive impact, and we build a legacy of greatness.
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