Ed Bennett enjoyed an accomplished career in sales and management with Parker Hannifin Corporation for 20+ years in the Midwest. So imagine his family's surprise when he announced in 1985: "We're heading to Orlando!" (and he didn't mean on vacation). It was the moment he had been awaiting: to engage his own entrepreneurial spirit by running his own Parker Fluid Connector distributorship.
Lucky for Ed, he had a wife, Evelyn, who not only supported the move from the Cleveland area, but was also a CPA. Her experience and capabilities proved to be vital to the success of the company. Many customers and vendors still remark at Evelyn's strong will and determination when it came to fair invoicing, freight, and delivery issues. What initially might have started as a "fight to the finish" phone call most often than not ended with a pleasant "thank you and have a good day."
As the company grew in terms of new product offerings, so did its locations and staff. First of the siblings to join the team was Gordon (son), followed by Bradley (son), Steve (son-in-law), Robin (daughter) and Donna (sister-in-law). In 1990 the company opened its Palm Beach branch, which was known as Palm Beach Hose & Fittings, Inc.
In 2007, due to new so many new products added, and expansion of territory throughout all of Florida, a new DBA was founded: Florida Motion & Control, or FloMoCo. FloMoCo represents a full offering of leading edge fluid power and automation components from quality suppliers such as Parker Hannifin, Continental Hydraulics, IDEC, Leuze, and many others.