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McGill Hose’s Increased Metal Hose Fabrication Capacity & NAHAD Exam Passers

In this quarter’s NAHAD Newsletter, McGill Hose highlighted our increased Metal Hose Fabrication capacity.

With additional welding booths, custom equipment, and trained staff, we are excited to announce we have significantly increased our capacity in our Metal Hose Fabrication Department. Please reach out for customized quick ship needs! Also, we can laser etch assembly information directly on to the hoses as needed. McGill Hose leverages years of industry knowledge and increased inventory to better serve the larger and more complex requirements of the NAHAD Community and our customers.

For any questions regarding this or any of our capabilities, please contact us at 413-525-3977 or

We are also happy to announce that Sheila Bailey, Kris O’Connor, and Liam Walsh have all completed assorted courses within the NAHAD Hose Safety Institute.

Happy Retirement to Al Balasco

photo of Al Balasco
Al Balasco, McGill Hose & Coupling

Congratulations Al!

It is with great excitement and gratitude that McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. is announcing the retirement of Al Balasco! Although we are saddened that we will no longer be able to see Al’s smiling face in our Rhode Island branch every day, we are so very happy for him to step into this next phase of his career!

Al has been a fixture in the East Providence, RI fluid conveyance community for the past 30 plus years. Since 1992, when he went to work for his brother at RNB-Richardson, Inc., until today at McGill Hose & Coupling, he has been a key resource for countless people in Rhode Island who found themselves needing a hose replacement to get them back on the job.

Al was also an integral part of the transition from RNB-Richardson to McGill Hose & Coupling back in 2012. Tapping into his knowledge of the East Providence market from the prior 20 years allowed McGill to be quickly welcomed into the community. His presence also gave McGill’s new customers a needed sense of familiarity and high quality service they had come to expect.

Again, the team here at McGill Hose & Coupling will truly miss Al and everything he brought to our team and customers every day. We wish him and his wife the best in his retirement years.

McGill Hose & Coupling Celebrates 60 Years in Business

McGill Family receives a recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for their contribution to business and the local community

McGill Hose & Coupling Celebrates 60 Years in Business and their New Facility

McGill Hose and Coupling, Inc., held an open house on September 8th at their new 84,000 sq ft headquarters, fabrication center and retail store located at 45 Industrial Drive in East Longmeadow Massachusetts to celebrate their 60 year milestone. The event was attended by employees, customers, vendors, supply partners, Massachusetts State Legislators and local chamber of commerce, and was an opportunity to introduce their newly expanded fabrication facility. The custom hose and fittings fabrication expansion allows them to better serve their customers metal hose fabrication, tube bending and PTFE hose fabrication needs- all under one roof. The McGill Team of welders and hose fabrication specialists were on hand to demonstrate their customization capabilities.
“Many of our competitors offer certain aspects of the customization and fabrication services we offer, but we are able to do it all – right under one roof,” states McGill Hose President Harry McGill.
The McGill Family received recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by State Representative Brian Ashe for their contribution to the Commonwealth and the local business community.
“McGill Hose has always been focused on being a solution-based hose fabricator & supplier, and that is why this move is so important to us.” said Alex McGill, McGill Hose & Coupling’s Vice President. “We base our decisions on forward-thinking, customer focused analytics and experiences. By increasing our fabrication capabilities, in not only square footage and equipment, but also personnel; we are now better positioned to serve our current customers as well as new markets.”

Photos from Open House Celebration

About McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc.

Family-owned and operated since 1962, McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. is a leader in the distribution and fabrication of flexible hose, fittings, and fluid handling components. They specialize in high quality products and custom hose and fitting solutions serving many industries including; Industrial/Mechanical, Food/Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Fuel Transport/Transfer & Refinery, Government, Municipal, Aerospace, & OEM industries. McGill Hose & Coupling celebrates 60 years in business this year! McGill is steadfast in their commitment to the distribution and custom fabrication of quality hose and fitting product solutions, value-added services, and offering the highest level of expertise in the industry. Their reputation for a knowledgeable sales team, dedicated & experienced fabricators and fast turnaround time for simple, high quality one-off solutions to high-volume orders. Along with their corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art fabrication facility in East Longmeadow Massachusetts, McGill Hose & Coupling also has two other New England locations in Woburn MA and East Providence RI.

How Using Hose Tags Can Streamline Maintenance Programs – by Hose & Coupling World

Here is a link to the article as it is found on Hose & Coupling World’s website. Click here to go to that site.

How Using Hose Tags Can Streamline Maintenance Programs

Industrial fluid systems have dozens of hoses that control the flow of critical fluids from one part of the system to another. Putting mission-critical data on tags can help prevent significant downtime.

By Brian Aplin, Field Engineering Supervisor, Swagelok Company

To service hoses in flow control applications properly, technicians often need to get answers to questions such as:

  • What types of fluids are being transferred?
  • Are those fluids at high pressures or temperatures?
  • Are they potentially hazardous?
  • How long has each hose been in service?
  • What materials are the hoses made of? What sort of replacement is necessary?

For scheduled maintenance or in the event of a failure, the technician must identify the answers to these questions, which may involve referencing the system’s schematics. During this time the system must be shut down to prevent potential leaks from occurring. This additional downtime can potentially hurt production and reduce profits of the systems involved.

Fortunately, unplanned downtime can be reduced by tagging all parts of a fluid system, even those deemed less essential. Tags provide technicians access to mission-critical data more easily which allows for more effective preventive maintenance and reduced system interruptions, see Figure 1. In the end, it allows maintenance programs to run more efficiently and helps to keep plants operating at peak performance.

Figure 1: Tagging hoses in your system can provide mission-critical data to technicians enabling more effective decisions.

Start With a Plant Audit

The most effective hose tagging programs begin by understanding what components exist within a plant. Typically, this involves implementing a full plant audit that identifies each hose, noting the type, part number, process fluid, pressure or temperature ratings, and vendor names and contact information in a spreadsheet.

Once this initial information is logged, then it is time to provide additional details. In the case of hoses, that can include the length, size, core material and construction, reinforcement layers, end connections, and mounting. It may also include cover type, operating conditions, cleaning procedures as well as the date the hose was installed and when it is scheduled for replacement. This information will form the basis of the tagging program.

Figure 2: Avoid unnecessary downtime and potential errors caused by additional system and component research by tagging hoses in the system.

Tagging Leads to Proactive Maintenance

Although most plants do tag major fluid system components, hoses are sometimes overlooked. Placing tags on these components can often reduce the amount of time it takes for technicians to identify if and when a component needs to be replaced, see Figure 2. Proper tagging will offer technicians’ information such as when the hose was last installed, what its core material is, and what fluid it is carrying. Knowing this essential data provides insight into when maintenance on the components is necessary before they completely break down, causing a systemwide shutdown for repairs.

Tagging can also be used to alert technicians to problems with the equipment that have developed onsite. These insights provide a full maintenance history to technicians and may allow them to troubleshoot smaller issues before they become systemwide.

Figure 3: To enhance the effectiveness of tags include:
• Part Number
• Date of manufacture
• Trace identification number

Additional information that can be included on the tag:
• System media
• Operating pressure
• Operating temperature

Efficiency Is Improved with Proper Information
Though tagging allows for easy identification of components and provides essential maintenance data, tags are only as effective as the information they contain, Figure 3. At minimum, tags should include the part number, date of manufacture, and the trace identification number so it can be tracked to its initial order. Additional information that can be included on the tag includes system media, operating pressure, and temperature.
In most cases, this information can be obtained from the component manufacturers themselves. Often, they will also supply specific tag styles that correspond with the individual plant’s needs or those of the industry. Some suppliers offer everything from simple metal tags to color-coded tags that wrap around the hose. Color-coding the tags allows workers to immediately identify the types of fluids or gases that are flowing through them, which reduces the chances of an error being made.

The amount of information that can be included on the tags will depend on the tag style and size. For instance, a typical tag contains approximately five lines of text with room for roughly 25 characters per line. If the plant requires it, tags can be coated with silicone to keep contaminants out and make cleaning them easier. Having this information readily available allows maintenance technicians to service their systems more easily and efficiently, Figure 4.

Figure 4: Technicians can add information each time a hose is serviced, making future maintenance easier and enabling the operator to trend issues with the system.

Tags Tell the Story

In the end, tagging all the elements of an industrial fluid system will reduce the amount of downtime the system requires; maintenance technicians will not be searching for schematics or doing research. Instead, they will have the necessary information readily available that will allow them to take preventive action to keep the system always operating at peak performance, which will improve the plant’s bottom line, Figure 5.

If you are interested in how to create a full tagging system for your facility, start by consulting with your component supplier. They should be able to advise you on the best system for your specific applications to expedite maintenance, improve system safety, and reduce unnecessary downtime.

Figure 5: Maintenance becomes more effective and efficient with detailed information at the maintenance team’s fingertips.


Brian Aplin is Field Engineering Supervisor for Swagelok Company.


McGill Hose Launches Updated Brewery Hose Website

Brewery Hose website on a computer screen

Newly Updated for brewery hose & sanitary fittings

McGill Hose recently launched a newly designed website for their brewery hose and sanitary fittings website, a subsidiary of McGill Hose & Coupling. With customer experience as its first priority, the new version allows customers to choose a variety of sanitary fittings for the top quality hose brand products in the brewing, winery and distillery industries.
photo of brewery hose sold by McGill Hose on beer

Continental Contitech Brewery & Beverage Hose

Continental has been a top food grade beverage hose choice for breweries, vineyards and distilleries. offers top Continental hose products such as; PLICORD® EXTREMEFLEX™ BEVERAGE RED, PURPLE SNAKE® HOSE and VINTNER™ RESERVE HOSE

Sanitary Fittings

Using the proper sanitary fittings will improve the sanitary process in brewing, winery and distillery applications and also will also reduce time needed to care for equipment. offers high quality sanitary; Adapters, Clamps, Tees/Crosses, Elbows, End Caps, Gaskets, Reducers Sight Glasses, Valves and Pumps.

McGill Hose & Coupling Featured in NAHAD

screen view of NAHAD article featuring McGill Hose

McGill Hose Featured in The Association for National Hose & Accessories Distribution (NAHAD) News

McGill Hose & Coupling is honored to be featured in a recent NAHAD news article, highlighting our 60th year in business and the expansion to our new facility…

The article highlights the history of the company, originally named H.A. McGill Company, and it’s progression that “established the company as a specialized fabricator of flexible metal hose and PTFE assemblies who serviced their customers and worked with them to solve their problems.”

Read the full article at:

FILL-RITE Pumps now available!!!

Fill-Rite Pumps Now Available at McGill Hose!

FILL-RITE Fuel Transfer Pumps and Filters
FILL-RITE Transfer Pumps and Filters

McGill Hose is proud to now be carrying Fill-Rite dispensing products. In listening to our customers and their fluid dispensing needs, our decision was a no-brainer to carry this product. Fill-Rite’s reputation for designing and manufacturing rugged and reliable fuel transfer pumps, meters, and accessories is unmatched in the industry. You can find them on our shelves in East Longmeadow MA and East Providence RI, or by contacting us directly today.

About Fill-Rite Pumps

This video highlights the FR112 and FR152 hand pumps that are compatible with a gasoline, diesel, biodiesel (to B20), light hydraulic oils, and other fuels for applications where there is no power available, or for smaller fueling needs. The FR112 is a rotary pump, and operates by cranking the handle. The FR152 is a piston pump that operates by pumping the handle up and down.  

Watch the videos below to learn more about Fill-Rite Pumps

Enjoy your retirement, Patti!!!


After 20 years at McGill Hose & Coupling, we say so long to Patti Vangsness! Patti has been an integral member of our Accounting team since 2001, and we here at McGill Hose & Coupling wish her the very best in the next chapter of her life!

She is excited to spend more time with her husband, Peter, as well as her children and grandchildren!

Although we will miss her terribly, we are excited for her to enjoy all that retired life has to offer!

Best wishes, Patti!!!

IDCO Award Finalist

For Release March 15, 2021

McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. receives
IDCO – outstanding member award

Custom Hose Fabricator honored as IDCO Member of the Year Finalist. Overcomes challenges of 2020 with positive growth.

East Longmeadow, MA— 10:00 AM
McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. announced today their nomination for IDCO (Industrial Distributor Cooperative)’s, Dixon LeGros Member of the Year Award, given to a member who over the past year utilizes IDCO’s supplier network to its fullest, enriches their employee’s industry knowledge through IDCO University, and maintains a high level of customer and supplier satisfaction.

Successful 2020 Rooted in Employee Dedication, Customer Relationships

“McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc’s success in 2020 was the result in large part due to our employees believing in our processes and direction. 

Knowing that we would support them, they felt comfortable pivoting their schedules, work locations, priorities, as well as being flexible with other last-minute changes. I would also be remiss not to mention the strong relationships with our customers, new and old, that have been built on trust. 

Customers were comfortable with us handling their business with little to no interruption, as they knew we could be flexible during difficult times in 2020.”, added Alex McGill.

“To have our efforts and commitment recognized by this great organization, is a true honor.,” said Alex McGill, VP of Sales & Operations at McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc.

Founded in 1962, McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc. has consistently been a fluid conveyance industry leader in the Northeast and is a single source for the most complete line of custom fabricated assemblies built from PTFE & flexible metal hose, fittings, and fluid handling components.

Founded in 1993, IDCO (Industrial Distributor Cooperative) is the premier co-op for independent distributors serving the industrial community with hose, fittings, gaskets, rubber materials and related products.


For more information, press only:

Justin Greenia

Marketing Manager – McGill Hose & Coupling, Inc


Melissa Woodley

Director of Marketing Services – IDCO


COVID-19 Cleaning Chemical Compatibility Chart

During the global pandemic and fight against the COVID-19 virus, keeping surfaces and facilities disinfected has become a key component in maintaining business continuity. Eaton’s team of chemists and materials science technicians have completed research and put together a list of recommendations on compatibility between common cleaning chemicals and Fluid Conveyance products that we are eager to share with you.

The list includes a number of anti-viral chemicals proven by the EPA to kill COVID-19 and other viruses.