Iowa Fluid Power (IFP): Undisputed Motion Control Solutions with Added Benefits

Iowa Fluid Power (IFP): Undisputed Motion Control Solutions with Added Benefits

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Jim Kaas, President, Iowa Fluid Power (IFP)Jim Kaas, President
Described as the U.S. economy’s workhorse by the National Fluid Power Association in its 2018 Annual Report, the fluid power components manufacturing industry was estimated to gross over $23.5 billion, with its exports evaluated around $6.5 billion. It has single-handedly created an ecosystem of employment, where job opportunities for citizens in the areas of production and distribution of such products ranged between 67,000 to 778,000, respectively. And today, fueled by the many advantages of modern technology, fluid power component manufacturers stand to continually offer steady streams of revenue generation, while acting as a reliable source of economic strength for the country on a global playing field. One of the largest companies leading this nation-wide revolution is Iowa Fluid Power (IFP), a dedicated manufacturer and distributor of fluid power, motion control, and automation systems for the development and well-being of American-made enterprises.

With a rich and on-going heritage of over 40 years, IFP is a family-owned business that strives to deliver the best-in-class solutions to fluid power OEMs and related industrial manufacturers. “We consistently invest our resources toward helping clients best utilize the latest technologies, while educating them on the true benefits of fluid power,” adds Jim Kaas, president of IFP. The company’s unique expertise in product design and development stems from Kaas’ decision to employ inside engineers for R&D—a strategic yet expensive business idea that was unheard of at the time of IFP’s conception. This allowed IFP to gain a significant competitive advantage in the booming field of integrating fluid power with advanced electronics and software with a strategy centered around becoming an integral part of its customer team. Alongside the company’s wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic, automation and electrical, and mechanical products, IFP also offers logistics, third-party supplier contacts, repair and maintenance, and comprehensive distribution services.


We consistently invest our resources toward helping clients best utilize the latest technologies, while educating them on the true benefits of fluid power


In order to successfully drive customer satisfaction and streamline manufacturing processes, IFP assigns a designated salesperson and engineers as required for client projects. “Our employees seamlessly integrate themselves into an organization’s workflows with the purpose of gaining valuable insights pertaining to existing and possible challenges,” explains Kaas. The team of salesperson and engineer become an integral part of a client’s business, where they design solutions and services that circumvent organizational roadblocks in an efficient and cost-effective manner. IFP effectuates this dynamic by keeping the sales professionals focused on enterprise-wide operations, where they determine what problems hinder growth, as the engineers consequently utilize their expertise to devise a solution.

To further explain IFP’s holistic capabilities, Kaas shares a few key highlights of how his company is well-equipped to deliver the best quality solutions and services to their clients. “We maintain a test lab in our facility that is able to support intensive fluid power and motion control component testing,” he says. Here, the company can efficiently conduct experiments on products with over 5000 horsepower in soundproof rooms fitted with hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical equipment. With such discerning competencies, IFP can simulate a client’s existing and recurring problems to create subsequent solutions efficiently. Kaas and his team also evaluate a multitude of components developed by various OEMs to understand the products that work best for their clients. This approach ensures that clients achieve optimum performance at the right prices.

Moving forward, as a distributor, IFP intends to stay regionally focused and deliver the highest levels of customer satisfaction. “We maintain semi-exclusive relationships with our suppliers, who trust us to help customers receive high-quality components across the central states of Minnesota through to Texas,” adds Kaas. The company will continue to develop and deliver the most comprehensive fluid power solutions while remaining geographically dedicated to its clients and helping them outperform their competitors.

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Iowa Fluid Power (IFP)

Company
Iowa Fluid Power (IFP)

Headquarters
Cedar Rapids, IA

Management
Jim Kaas, President

Description
With a rich and on-going heritage of over 40 years, IFP is a family-owned business that strives to deliver the best-in-class solutions to fluid power OEMs and related industrial manufacturers. The company’s unique expertise in product design and development stems from the Kaas’ decision to employ inside engineers—a strategic yet expensive business idea that was unheard of at the time of IFP’s conception. This allowed IFP to gain a significant competitive advantage in the booming field of integrating fluid power with a strategy centered around becoming an integral part of the customers team. Alongside the company’s wide range of hydraulic, pneumatic, automation and electrical, and mechanical products, IFP also offers logistics, third-party supplier contacts, repair and maintenance, and comprehensive distribution services.