The Adventures of Georgia Valve & Fitting Co.
Written by: Rhonda Pugh, Director of Program Management and Communications | April 2020
A native of Dayton, Ohio, John Callahan was the original owner of Georgia Valve & Fitting Co. (GAVFCO). In 1961, he left Dayton to move his family to Atlanta, Georgia and started the distributorship. From its humble beginnings, John founded the company on innovation, quality, and integrity. John traveled each week working tirelessly to bring Swagelok products to this territory while his wife ran the office out of the basement of their home.
John worked very hard to establish GAVFCO as the premier Swagelok distributor for Georgia. He steadily grew the team and moved into an office space in Dekalb County. For John, it was always a family business including several of his children working alongside their dad throughout the years. However, it was his son, Shaun, who joined Swagelok Company moving to Ohio shortly after graduating from the University of Georgia. Shaun secured several roles at Swagelok Company working as a programmer and then as a support technician. He had worked there for 4 years before his dad called him and asked him to come back to Georgia and help run GAVFCO.
Armed with an in-depth knowledge of Swagelok products, services, and systems, Shaun was a great addition to his dad's organization working his own sales territory and learning the operations of the business.
In 1993, John Callahan took a well-deserved retirement. Shaun was ready to take over the family business. He purchased the company, carrying on the tradition of innovation, quality, and integrity.
Since that time, GAVFCO has experienced a tremendous amount of growth. It was provided the opportunity to expand their territory into Northeast Florida and South Carolina. They operate out of three office locations: the main office in Alpharetta, GA, and the others in Jacksonville, FL and Piedmont, SC. Due to the collective efforts of the expanded team, GAVFCO has also expanded in their offerings of custom fabrications and engineering services. In addition, the team has modernized business systems, improved supply chain inefficiencies, and continues to search for ways to improve how the customer experiences Swagelok.
GAVFCO goes beyond simply providing leak-free products and services by partnering with their customers to bring unique, innovative solutions to their toughest problems.
A lot has changed in 59 years, but one thing hasn't: GAVFCO's commitment to maintaining the tradition of excellence in innovation, quality, and integrity that John Callahan started all those years ago.
Find out how GAVFCO's products and services can help you! Call 678-624-0949 to speak with a representative.