In 1966, Mr. Ronald D Hall opened the doors of Automation Inc., a West Hartford-based company that he and William J. Hunt co-founded to service the area’s machine tool, construction, and transit industries. They started the business with two main product lines, Weatherhead hydraulic hose, fittings, and Lincoln Industrial lubrication equipment.
Today, some 50-plus years after opening its doors, Automation Inc. continues to feature the Weatherhead and Lincoln product lines, as well as hydraulic, pneumatic, and lubrication products from more than 70 other names brand vendors.
Robert Dodge began his career at Automation in 1988, fresh out of American International College. Mr. Dodge started in the warehouse and worked his way up through the company in the positions of inside sales, outside sales, and sales manager, and then was appointed by Mr. Hall to vice president of sales and marketing.
In 2015, Mr. Hall retired after 49 years, and Bob Dodge became owner and President of Automation, Inc. Under the tutelage of Bob, Automation Inc. has increased its territory to include Upstate New York. As one of the leading Lincoln Lubrication distributors in New England, they now offer their great customer service and product line to New York.
Automation Inc. has many past achievements including being the recipient of Lincoln Industrial’s “Distinguished Distributor Award” six times, In addition; they have received the “Distributor of the Year Award”, the “Superior Performance Award” and the “Superior Achievement Award” from Eaton/Weatherhead