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Paratech

Paratech

In early 1962, Howard Leibovitz, Paratech's president and co-founder, discovered a heretofore unknown application for a Swedish gasoline driven power saw. This discovery led to the formation of a small sales and manufacturing facility to act as the exclusive U.S. agent for the AB Partner Co. of Sweden.


Paratech was incorporated in 1963 as Mobile Saws Incorporated. As the U.S. representative for AB Paratech, Mobile Saws quickly became the guiding force behind the worldwide fire & rescue service acceptance of the famous K-12 Rescue Saw. Between 1963 and 1979 virtually every major fire department in the United States used the Paratech K-12 Saw for emergency ventilation procedures. As business from this discovery grew, it soon became evident that many accessories would be needed to keep the K-12 Saw in the marketplace. These accessories were designed and manufactured by Mobile Saws and became the seed for future manufacturing growth.


In 1967, the name was changed to Paratech Industries of America, Inc. to better reflect the brand of Partner saws. In 1979, the AB Partner Company was sold and the buyer opted to operate through its own U.S. factory branches. Partner Industries of America, Inc. then changed its name to Paratech, Incorporated and began to replace the lost volume with new proprietary manufactured products for the fire and rescue industry.


The principle management of Paratech has accumulated over 75 years of experience in the design and manufacture of specialized equipment for the fire and rescue services. Members of the management have also worked previously in the municipal rescue services.



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