It all started back in 1919 with the sudden growth of small industrial plants. These smaller factories created a need for small, compact and economical steam plants to replace the older explosive and cumbersome units from the last century.  Surveying the need, Sid E. Parker set out to engineer and design a boiler that later became known as the original packaged-type boiler.

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The boiler was built in a small garage and first demonstrated in a small cleaning shop to a group of curious and doubtful friends. The doubts turned to acclaim as the Parker unit built up a steam pressure of 60 pounds in less than 10 minutes, rather than the usual 15 to 60 minutes. Against all expectations, the steam pressure held with all equipment in top operation. A small number of these boilers were manufactured in 1 ½ and hp sizes.

In 1923, Parker designed and patented the Parker Automatic Boiler in sizes 1 ½ to 10 hp with a horizontal steam drum installed in a rectangular insulated cabinet. The sizes soon increased up to 25 hp.

In 1939, at age 63, Sid Parker perfected the Parker Industrial U-Drum Boiler, and by 1945, volume production and distribution was created to meet national demand.

Parker’s nephew Sid E. Danenhauer joined his uncle in California as a partner in the Parker Boiler Co., and they brought in plant manager Fred L. Kuhn. Fast-increasing demand made it necessary to move to a larger manufacturing facility in 1946.

Kuhn was principally responsible for the design and development of various boiler products from 1950 until his death in 1968. Sid Danenhauer was president from 1947 to 1982, later becoming chairman, until his death in 1996.

Danenhauer helped develop the original water tube steam boiler, the Parker H Drum boiler and low Nox boilers. For more than 90 years, new Parker products have been developed and introduced for various heat applications such as processing and manufacturing plants that supply essential materials to almost every industry from aerospace to zinc plating. This includes the processing of the foods we eat, the clothes we wear, the tires on our cars and the televisions we watch. Boilers are required in applications from food processing plants, breweries, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, schools to chemical plants, institutions, dry cleaning facilities and laundries.

Another key reason for Parker Boiler’s success is the company’s proficient personnel, who also hold to the company’s high ethics and moral goals.

Many years ago, Parker recognized the importance that experience plays in the growth and continued success of operating a business of this type. Few companies can match the experience and years of dedicated service of the firm’s personnel. Top managers, engineering staff and sales team average more than 25 years of experience at Parker. There is continuity and care with long-time personnel.

Parker’s entire staff is dedicated to continue using their experience to provide the industry and its customers with the best and safest Parker Boiler products, which maintains the company’s leadership in the field.

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Parker Boiler in Brief

Founded in 1946, Parker Boiler Co. has become globally known as a manufacturer of steam boilers from 1.5 HP to 150 HP with pressures to 250 PSI capable of delivering dry steam in less than 10 minutes.

The Los Angeles-based company makes direct-fired hot water boilers (available as gas, oil, propane or combination-fired) ranging from 300,000 to 6.8 million BTU with operating temperatures to 400°F and pressures to 300 PSI. Its condensing boilers range from 399,000 BTU to 5.433 million BTU up to 180°F and 80 PSI.

Parker’s indirect-fired water heaters (available as gas or propane-fired) range from 300,000 to 3 million BTU input with operating temperatures to 190°F and pressures to 150 PSI. The company manufactures high temperature thermal liquid heaters (available as gas, oil, propane or combination-fired) for process heating up to 650°F, ranging from 126,000 to 6.25 million BTU input.

Parker also makes low NOx steam and hot water boilers, and burner systems. Most models are UL or ETL listed. In addition to manufacturing high quality equipment, Parker is in the business of providing expertise and support to its customers.