Power Drives History

  • 1945

    Power Drives, Inc. is established.

  • 1946

    Power Drives, Inc. (PDI) officially opens.

  • 1950

    PDI becomes a distributor for Aeroquip.

    • 1980’s

      PDI begins manufacturing for an original equipment manufacturer.

  • 1981

    PDI establishes its Rochester distribution branch.

  • 1989

    PDI establishes its Falconer branch.

  • 1993

    PDI opens a production and distribution facility in Erie, PA.

  • 2002

    Lou Panzica is hired as PDI’s CFO.

  • 2004

    Panzica is named President.

  • 2007

    PDI creates the PowerHouse™, a revolutionary locomotive idle reduction technology.

  • 2009

    PDI opens a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Changshu City, China.

    PDI opens 42,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Erie, PA.

  • 2013

    PDI opens its Tonawanda Express Hose Center.

  • 2014

    PDI opens its Washington, PA Express Hose Center.

  • 2016

    PDI purchases a 77,000-square-foot facility in Buffalo, NY to consolidate headquarters and New York State manufacturing operations.

  • 2017

    PDI creates the Diesel Dehydrator, a locomotive water-fuel separating technology.

  • 2019

    PDI creates the AC-APU, an addition to the idle reduction line that also functions as an auxiliary generator.