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Our History

ChampionX’s rich history is built on over a century of experience, dating back to the petroleum industry’s infancy. From the early days of sucker rod manufacturing in Tulsa, Oklahoma to selling drilling mud additives in Sugar Land, Texas, the ChampionX portfolio has evolved to comprehensively serve oil and gas operations worldwide. 

1882

Norris is founded as a manufacturer of sucker rods.

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1929

Our Chemical Technologies business establishes itself in the oil industry by beginning operations in Sugar Land, Texas, to sell drilling mud additives.

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1933

Harbison-Fischer is founded in Fort Worth, Texas as a manufacturer of subsurface and pump rod equipment.

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1951

Alberta Oil Tool is founded to provide rod lift equipment to the Canadian market.

1953

Champion Chemicals, today part of our Chemical Technologies business, is founded, selling 100-pound sacks of salt to service companies to produce drilling brine.

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1955

Dover Corporation, after acquiring Norris as a core business unit, is founded with a philosophy to build a company by acquiring strong businesses with solid fundamentals and market-leading positions. Between 1962-2015, Dover acquires the brands that will eventually make up ChampionX Artificial Lift.

1955

Norriseal, today known as Norriseal-Wellmark, was formed in the founder’s garage. For more than six decades it has been the leading supplier of valve and control solutions.

1956

Champion Chemicals develops its first oilfield chemical product – a scale dissolver.

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1975

Ferguson Beauregard, which later merged with PCS to form PCS Ferguson, is founded in Tyler, Texas to manufacture plunger lift systems.

1978

US Synthetic is founded as a small diamond grit manufacturing company in Orem, Utah.

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1985

Production Control Services (PCS) is founded in Frederick, Colorado with a focus on advancing plunger lift technology.

1989

Theta Oilfield Services is founded in Bakersfield, California to provide rod lift optimization software.

1990

Quartzdyne is formed, eventually creating the world leader in designing, developing, and manufacturing the industry-standard resonating quartz pressure transducer for the downhole oil and gas industry.

1993

US Synthetic becomes the first polycrystalline diamond cutter manufacturer to become ISO 9000 certified.

1995

Our Chemical Technologies business creates a joint chemicals company with Exxon Chemical Company to provide products and services to all facets of the oil and gas industry.

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1996

Windrock is established, specializing in digitally transforming the way companies monitor, manage, and optimize their equipment.

1999

Oil Lift Technology is founded in Calgary, Alberta to manufacture and supply equipment for progressing cavity pumping systems.

2014

Dover Artificial Lift is formed to highlight the company’s singular focus on artificial lift technology and services.

2014

Norriseal acquires Wellmark to expand its portfolio of regulators, relief valves, chemical injection pumps, control valves and instrumentation. In 2016, the Norriseal-Wellmark brand is introduced.

2018

Apergy is formed after spinning off from Dover Corporation, creating a leading provider of highly engineered equipment and technologies for oil and gas operations.

2019

Apergy announces that Ecolab Inc.’s ChampionX upstream business will be merged with Apergy to become ChampionX Corporation.

2020

Apergy and ChampionX come together to form what is today ChampionX, a global leader in oilfield technology solutions, chemistry programs and services, drilling technologies, artificial lift solutions, and automation technologies for the oil and gas industry.

Why work with us

6,600+

Employees

60

Countries

30+

Manufacturing Locations

400+

Scientists and Technologists

2,500+

Patents