100% Employee Owned, Founded 1954

100% Employee Owned, Founded 1954

Cross Company History

Serving Customers Since 1954

Cross Sales and Engineering Company was founded in November 1954 by Bill Cross, a young salesman and professional engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit. Today Cross Company has over 600 employee-owners serving customers throughout North America.  Most importantly, Bill Cross instilled a company culture built on honesty, integrity, mutual respect, trust, and the highest standards of ethical business conduct.  That culture has been a cornerstone of our company and still exists today. 

Over the years, Cross has added expertise and infrastructure to help our customers succeed by increasing efficiency, reducing risk, and improving quality in their processes. Scroll on to take a look through our company history, and see how our company has evolved to become an industry leader for a range of solutions. 

Take a look at the full list of companies that have become part of Cross Company over the years

Cross Company History 1
1954
Cross Company is Founded
Cross Sales and Engineering Co. is founded by Bill Cross
1954
1974
Edwards Engineering Co. - Atlanta, GA (Mobile Systems Integration)
Edwards Engineering was the first of several acquisitions to expand our fluid power business. Based in Atlanta, GA, Edwards Engineering expanded our offering throughout the Southeast.
1974
1980
Airdraulics Inc. - Chattanooga, TN (Mobile Systems Integration)
Another addition to our fluid power business, Airdraulics was acquired which expanded our fluid power business throughout the Eastern Tennessee region.
1980
1980
Fluid Dynamics - Birmingham, AL (Mobile Systems Integration)
Based in Birmingham, AL, Fluid Dynamics was acquired to expand our fluid power offering throughout the Birmingham, Alabama region.
1980
1986
Mueller Engineering Co. - Mobile, AL
Mueller Engineering was acquired by Cross and joined our fluid power operations in Alabama to further expand our offering into the southern region of the U.S.
1986
1986
System Components - Conyers, GA (Process Solutions)
Founded in 1982, System Components was a titan in the fluid controls industry, adding a range of expertise and new territory to to create what is now our process solutions group (at the time, our systems components group).
1986
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1992
Motionex - Charlotte, NC (Automation)
Founded in 1988, Motionex was an automation technology distributor of motion control and factory automation solutions. With a highly technical team of sales engineers, customer service, and operations staff, Motionex evolved into what is now our Automation Group
1992
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1997
JMT Automation and Conrols - Gastonia, NC (Automation)
Founded in 1971, JMT Automation and Controls was a family business with 82 team members. They offered a range of process automaton solutions and joined our Motionex team, and together, evolved into what is now our Automation Group.
1997
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1998
Alt Controls - Richmond, VA (Mobile Systems Integration)
Founded in 1976, Alt Controls Inc. offered pneumatic control solutions throughout Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region.
1998
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2000
Automatic Controls - Knoxville, TN (Process Solutions)
2000
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2001
ValiAir - Birmingham, AL (Automation)
Founded in 1981 ValiAir Controls offered industrial control systems integration throughout the Southeast. They were acquired by Cross in 2001 and expanded our automation solution offering.
2001
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2001
Regan Controls - Charlotte, NC (Automation)
Founded in 1981, Regan Controls Inc. offered industrial automation products for the manufacturing industry. They joined our Motionex and JMT teams, to become what is now our Automation Group.
2001
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2004
Techni-Test - Greenville, SC (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1992, Techni-test was a precision measurement company specializing in a range of disciplines. They were acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement service offering throughout South Carolina.
2004
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2005
Ward Technical Sales - Charlotte, NC (Automation, Process Solutions)
Founded in 1979, Ward Technical Services brought a range of expertise to our automation (pneumatics) and process solutions (instrumentation) groups.
2005
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2005
NC Measurements - Raleigh, NC (Precision Measurement)
NC Measurements was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our expertise in precision measurement, while strengthening our presence in central North Carolina.
2005
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2006
McDonald Scale - Chattanooga, TN (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1971, McDonald Scale was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement service offering throughout southeast Tennessee and parts of Georgia.
2006
2006
Williams Scale - Washington, NC (Precision Measurement)
Williams Scale was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our scale services offering throughout eastern North Carolina.
2006
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2007
Asheville Hose and Equipment - Asheville, NC (Hose and Fittings)
Founded in 1981, Asheville Hose and Equipment was a leading supplier of hydraulic hose products in the Western North Carolina area. Acquired by Cross in 2007, the team in Asheville offers the same great customer service they have since 1981.
2007
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2008
Innovative Controls - Knoxville, TN (Process Solutions)
Founded in 1991, Innovative Controls brought with it a range of engineering expertise in process control systems. Acquired by Cross in 2008, it became our process control integration group and along with our process instrumentation team, evolved into what is now our process solutions group.
2008
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2011
Palmetto Scale - Columbia, SC (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1958, Palmetto Scale was acquired by J.A. King (our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement offering throughout South Carolina.
2011
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2012
Tennessee Scale Works - Nashville, TN (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 194, Tennessee Scale Works was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement offering throughout middle Tennessee.
2012
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2012
Scale Source - KY, OK, IA, NE (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1976, Scale Source was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and with locations in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Iowa and Nebraska greatly expanded our service territory into the mid-west.
2012
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2013
Delta Scale - Charlotte, NC (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1982, Delta Scale was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement offering throughout the Charlotte, NC metro area and the surrounding area.
2013
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2013
Kanawah Scale & Systems - Memphis, TN (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 2008, Kanawha Scales & Systems operation in Memphis was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement offering throughout eastern Tennessee.
2013
2014
Anderson Scale - Carlile, IA (Precision Measurement)
Anderson Scale was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement offering throughout Iowa.
2014
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2015
Accurate Laboratories - Oklahoma City, OK (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 2000, Accurate Laboratories offered a range of precision measurement services throughout Oklahoma. in 2017 it was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our dimensional measurement expertise and precision measurement offering into the region.
2015
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2016
B&C Instruments - Huntsville, AL (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1969 in Huntsville, AL, B&C Instruments was one of the oldest calibration laboratories in the southeastern U.S. In 2017, they were acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and further expanded our precision measurement offering throughout the northern Alabama region.
2016
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2017
Tucker Testing Service - Oklahoma City, OK (Grain Testing)
Founded in 1984, Tucker Testing Service was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) in 2017 and added expertise in grain handling solutions such as grain protein analyzers, grain moisture analyzers, NIR spectrophotometers, and more.
2017
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2017
Millennium Group - Greenville, SC (Precision Measurement and Testing)
Founded in 2002 The Millennium Group was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) in 2017 and expanded our service offering into a range of testing services such as airbag systems deployment testing, environmental testing, and more.
2017
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2017
Trace 1 Calibrations - Tulsa, OK (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 2001, Trace 1 Calibrations was a precision measurement company serving northeast Oklahoma. In 2017, it was acquired by J.A. King (now our precision measurement group) and expanded our precision measurement offering throughout northeast Oklahoma and the surrounding area.
2017
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2018
J.A. King - Greensboro, NC (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1939, J.A. King was a leader in precision measurement throughout the southeast and midwest U.S. With over 400 associates, J.A. King joined Cross Company in 2018 and became our Precision Measurement Group.
2018
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2019
Flow Tech - Hunt Valley, MD (Process Solutions)
Founded in 1984, Flow Tech greatly expanded our process service offering throughout the mid-Atlantic area, with several experts in flow measurement technologies.
2019
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2021
Regal Metrology - Louisville, KY (Precision Measurement)
Founded in 1994, Regal Metrology expanded our precision measurement offering, with new product lines and expertise in specific areas such as beverage packaging, food packaging and aerosol canning.
2021

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