History - Cla-Val

Who are we ?

Since 1936, CLA-VAL has been a leading manufacturer of automatic control valves,serving waterworks, industrial, fire protection, aviation fueling and marine customers throughout the world.

Our commitment to excellence and continuous improvement shows in each valve we produce and in the many new products we introduce to the marketplace each year.

CLA-VAL’s long history of manufacturing and industry excellence also enables us to provide the industry’s most comprehensive program of hands-on, personalized technical/product training at our in-house training facilities in the US, Canada, Switzerland, the UK and France.

Our history


CLA-VAL acquires a new foundry located in East Los Angeles adding 3,500 square meters of manufacturing space and expanding its casting capacity.


A new update of the Link2Valves internet platform now allows Asset Management of electronics and / or hydraulics valves. This is a valuable aid for the planning of maintenance, as well as for monitoring the evolution of existing valves (hydraulic function modification, transition from hydraulics to electronics, etc.).


The official opening of CLA-VAL Middle-East offices in Dubai (UAE) to provide commercial and technical support to key accounts within this region.


ESI was acquired by Cla-Val in 2017. ESI continues a 20 plus year tradition of representing Cla-Val and related manufacturers for the water market in the Midwest United States.


To best meet the demands of some markets, CLA-VAL expands its range of control valves and high capacity H-strainers to offer solutions up to 1400mm.


A new internet platform (Link2Valves) is created. It allows viewing, management and remote updating of our connected devices and valves.


CLA-VAL Europe completes the 2nd extension of its production site in Romanel-sur-Lausanne (Switzerland). This includes additional storage space, a showroom, a new training room and a hydraulic laboratory.


Cla-Val completes its 3rd generation of products in its e-Line range. This includes the D22 controller, the first device integrating a wide range of communication capabilities (GPRS, Modbus, USB, VNC), facilitating its integration into a variety of data acquisition and control systems.


To meet the growing demand for powering valve mounted remote monitoring and control equipment , CLA-VAL launches its e-Power range.

This includes a choice of two turbine assemblies capable of meeting the power requirements of the CLA-VAL e-Line range in 6 to 24 VDC, regardless of valve size.

The turbines can be valve mounted in bypass of the primary hydraulic pilot circuit.


CLA-VAL establishes a sales offices in New Zealand to serve the Asia/Pacific market.


CLA-VAL expanded their marine applications into Europe and embarked on a program for a new product line for ships and shipyards.


CLA-VAL established a research and development department in Switzerland for specific market applications such as the world’s biggest diaphragm valve.


CLA-VAL acquired a waterworks distributor in Lyon, France, to serve the national waterworks with improved technical support, timely deliveries and better field services.


CLA-VAL acquired Aztec Engineering Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, UK, leaders in pressure management as well as in traditional valve markets.


CLA-VAL embarked upon a program to supply ground fuelling products to complement the aviation fuelling range.


CLA-VAL Europe was established in Romanel-sur-Lausanne in Switzerland, it becomes the European center for the production and sale of CLA-VAL products.


CLA-VAL is well diversified and serves many fields including Water Distribution, Industry, Aircraft Fueling, Marine and Fire Protection.


CLA-VAL established manufacturing facilities in St. Catherines, Canada. In 1980, it was moved to Beamsville near Niagara Falls.


CLA-VAL Foundry has unique expertise and know-how in over 50 materials for sand and investment casting techniques.

Over the years CLA-VAL have improved production capabilities based on the principle of higher performance and unequaled quality.


CLA-VAL moved to its present home, a twenty-acre property in Costa Mesa, California.


Producing, selling and servicing the finest automatic control valves is intregral to our company’s pioneering history.


Donald G. Griswold was an inventor and over the years he held more than 24 patents for hydraulic valves.


CLA-VAL started in a small shop in South Pasadena, California, with just five employees.


Donald George Griswold was born in Minneapolis on 2nd February, 1901. He was his mother’s 10th child.