Peter F. Hurst
In 1940, Hurst, an engineer by training, invented two new products that were critical to the growing aviation industry – detachable, reusable hose fittings and self-sealing couplings. As aviation took hold during World War II, these safety products became crucial, but Hurst’s German heritage and citizenship forced him to relinquish his business. After the war, Hurst regained control of his business and built it into a full-scale supplier of parts for conveying and moving fluids – often ones that were very dangerous. In the process, he achieved a reputation for high quality productivity and financial acumen.