A Short History of Penn-Tech

Gene Yoder founded Penn-Tech, Co. in 1968, based in West Chester, PA. Penn-Tech Co. was recognized as one of the country’s top tower manufacturer, installation and service companies worldwide, and was a major contributor in building some of the world’s larger HF antenna communication installations.

In addition to the tower services, Penn-Tech, Co. provided a shunt type Tension Meter to the tower industry, a precision instrument designed for installation, inspection and maintenance of all types of cable-load applications, where tension/pound accuracy is critical. Using cable deflection averaging Penn-Tech Tension Meters accurately measures cable tension while suspended on the cable without disturbing the anchorage.

Penn-Tech has been a leader in the shunt-type Tension Meter industry for more than 48 years, providing quality sales, calibration, and maintenance of the Penn-Tech Tension Meter.

Gene Yoder retired in 1986. Long-time employees Ruth Lang and Robert Cruickshank purchased Penn- Tech, Co. and incorporated the company in 1986 as Penn-Tech International, Inc. as the company is known today. Penn-Tech continued to provide tower installation and inspection services to a vast array of military, government and industrial clients worldwide. Ruth Lang retired in 1996 after twenty years with the company.

Robert Cruickshank, with his vast knowledge and experience, designed and marketed the TM-1000 Tension Meter, improving accuracy and providing the largest range of cable application for a deflection Tension Meter. Robert Cruickshank retired as president of Penn-Tech International, Inc. in December 2000 but continued as a part time consultant until 2012.

Thomas Hedberg, an employee of both Penn-Tech, Co. and Penn-Tech International, Inc. purchased the corporation on December 31, 2000. Tom continues the tradition of providing top quality service to tower owners, government and continues tension meter sales, support and service to multiple industries, government and military customers. The company continues under his direction and Tom has designed custom support structures to meet customer’s needs and tools used with the Penn-Tech Tension Meter.

Tom along with other Tension Meter manufacturers and engineers is on the committee that was formed to develop
and write the standards for the shunt-type Tension Meters in the tower industry today. Publication of the white papers
is pending.

Penn-Tech International, Inc. became a voting member of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) in 2003 and continues to date. Penn-Tech is also a NATE STAR (Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability) member since 2012.

A Short History of Penn-Tech

Gene Yoder of Chester County, PA founded Penn-Tech, Inc. in 1968, based in West Chester, PA.  Penn-Tech Inc. was recognized as one of the countries top tower installation and service companies worldwide, and was a major contributor in building some of the worlds lager HF antenna communication installations.

In addition to the tower services, Penn-Tech, Inc. provided a shunt type Tension meter to the tower industry.  A precision instrument designed for installation, inspection and maintenance of all types of cable-load applications, where tension/pound accuracy is critical.  Using cable deflection averaging, Penn-Tech Tensionmeters measure cable-load accurately within five percent.

Penn-Tech has been a world leader in the shunt-type Tension meter industry for more than 48 years, providing quality sales, recalibration, and maintenance of the Penn-Tech Tension meter.

Gene Yoder retired in 1986. Long-time employees Ruth Lang and Robert Cruickshank purchased Penn-Tech, Inc. and incorporated as Penn-Tech International, Inc. as the company is known today. Penn-Tech continued to provide tower installation and inspection services to a vast array of military, government and industrial clients worldwide.  Ruth Lang retired in 1996.

Robert Cruickshank, with his vast knowledge and experience, designed and marketed the TM-1000 Tensionmeter, improving accuracy and providing the largest range of cable application for a deflection Tension meter.  Robert Cruickshank retired as president of Penn-Tech International, Inc. in December 2000 but continued as a part time consultant until 2012.

Thomas Hedberg, an employee of both Penn-Tech, Inc. and Penn-Tech International, Inc. purchased the corporation on December 31, 2000.  Thomas continued the tradition of providing top quality service to the tower industry and to the tension meter industry. The company continues to innovate under his direction, and he himself has designed custom support structures and tools used with the tension meters.

Penn-Tech International, Inc. became a member of the National Association of Tower Erectors in 2003 and continues to date. Penn-Tech is also a NATE STAR (Safety, Training, Accountability and Reliability) member since 2012.

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