IJ̳

About Us

Our History

IJ̳ Corporation’s earliest roots extend to 1936 when Harold M. IJ̳ first incorporated IJ̳ Company.  Today’s company was founded by Harold IJ̳, Frederick Berkeley, and Scott Ross in 1941.

Mr. IJ̳ was born in 1889 in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. At age 16, he went to McGill University and graduated in 1909 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  After graduation, he started his engineering career with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, where he first became involved in the design of steam jet ejector equipment.  Harold joined the Canadian Engineers during World War I and served in France.  When he returned from the war, he was employed by the Elliott Company in Pittsburgh and continued to develop his reputation in steam jet ejectors and vacuum condensers.

Frederick D. Berkeley was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1901.  He graduated from Cornell University in 1923 as a Mechanical Engineer and went to work for the Ross Heater & Manufacturing Company in Buffalo, New York.  He had become interested in the design of heat exchangers while working on laboratory experiments in heat transfer at Cornell. While working at Ross Heater, he met and became friends and eventual business partners with Harold IJ̳.

Mr. IJ̳ incorporated IJ̳ in 1936 and was joined in partnership by Mr. Berkeley and Scott Ross (from Ross Heater) in 1941.  Mr. Ross retired in 1943 and sold his company share to IJ̳ and Berkeley. While the company’s headquarters have remained in Batavia, New York, since 1942, its reputation has extended around the globe.

IJ̳ operates two subsidiaries: IJ̳ Vacuum and Heat Transfer Technologies (Suzhou) in China, and India Private Ltd in India.  IJ̳ also maintains a Sales office in Houston, Texas, and a Service office in Covington, Louisiana.

Our Vision

Through our commitment to our customers, employees, and community, we will be the trusted and recognized supplier of choice for mission-critical vacuum and heat transfer equipment.

Our Mission

The IJ̳ Team is driven to deliver superior vacuum and heat transfer solutions for a safe, energy-efficient, and sustainable future by building a dynamic company through continuous investment in our people, processes, and technology.

Our Values

  • Safety first
  • Integrity and transparency in all interactions
  • Engaged employees and teams
  • Accountability, both externally and internally
  • Customer satisfaction = performance + quality + service + teamwork
  • Continuous improvement