founded in 1970

Our Story

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matthew 7:12.

ERL and Law Valve strive daily to treat our customers with the integrity, loyalty, and conviction that the company was founded on in 1970 by Dr. larry Wilkins. What sets ERL and Law Valve apart from other companies is the desire to not only provide each of our customers with the highest quality products available, but to partner with them to ensure that their equipment continues to operate properly, their employees are able to work safely, and that the importance of environmental safety continues to be on the forefront of the design of our products. Yes, a “true partnership” and not just a seller-buyer relationship.

We are able to achieve such partnerships with our customers by providing the equipment they need in a timely manner, by inventing newer and better equipment for them, and by offering free training to them for all ERL equipment.

In 2005, in order to better serve our customers, ERL acquired Law Valve of Texas in Houston. Since then, Law Valve has become the leader in all valve and pump repairs for the Marine industry. Our president, Stephen Wilkins, continues to refine the overall vision of the company, thus creating opportunities for customers to receive the best products and the best service possible. ERL currently has hundreds of products on over 10,000 compartments for nearly 300 different customers, providing safe and reliable products to most inland and blue water barges.

ERL continues to develop new products that benefit not only each individual customer, but to the industry overall. Products that range from scupper plugs that help contain spills, to the state-of-the-art 40 ton winch, to the highly effective deep well pump, ERL continues to set the bar high in innovation, safety, and reliability.

Since the acquisition in 2005, Law Valve continues to grow and expand. In 2014, Law Valve moved from a 6,000 square foot facility to an 18,000 square foot facility perfectly located within a couple miles of several barge companies, making it much more convenient for our customers to receive the products, components, and services required to help keep their equipment operating.

As we move forward using cutting edge technology, ERL will continue to strive for increased innovation to meet the needs of our current and future customers.

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