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    Day after day, corporate responsibility plays a vital role in how Ariel conducts our business, makes decisions and sets priorities. This initiative takes many forms at Ariel, including employee development, maintaining a safe manufacturing environment, and serving the communities around us.

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    Ariel hires extraordinary people and invests in their growth, giving our employees the opportunity to build a career in an industry that is powering the future.

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    The History of Ariel Corporation

    History of Ariel

    From our beginnings in the Buchwald family basement, Ariel has grown into an international company that sets the standard in gas compression.

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    About Ariel Corporation Video Introduction

    About Ariel video

    Watch this video to learn more about our company, the compressors we make and the exceptional service we provide with every compressor purchase.





    Every compressor that leaves Ariel is a product of the guiding core values that have made Ariel the world standard in compression.


    Past. Present. Future. Ariel Equals Quality.

    Ariel Corporation was founded in 1966 to produce a separable, reciprocating gas compressor in the 100 to 200 horsepower range. Founder Jim Buchwald instilled the concept of quality of design and manufacturing into Ariel’s corporate culture. These ideas are deeply embedded into every aspect of Ariel’s operations.

    As we continue to expand, the same drive for high standards and precision remain. Every Ariel team member’s unique contributions are valued and respected. The legacy of uncompromisingly high standards guides us as we move forward and will ensure that we continue to produce the best compressors in the world.

    Jim Buchwald working at Ariel Corporation  

    Ariel Compressors are Designed to Last.  

    Utilizing the latest technology, while drawing on over 50 years of experience, we focus on design and innovation to produce rugged compressors fit for field conditions around the world. Our design approach matches specifically configured compressors to specific drivers to maximize power and operational efficiency. Our proven design philosophy results in low material stresses and reduced bearing loads.

    Every design incorporates the feasibility of machining processes. Ease of maintenance is no accident; we design to provide easy access to all areas requiring maintenance. Standardized parts, bolting and tools are incorporated to maximize interchangeability across all product lines. In designing world standard compressors, we leave nothing to chance – we continue to perfect our products by understanding the past, engaging the present, and investing in the future.

    Ariel Engineers working on an Ariel Compressor Design  

    A Tradition of Unmatched Precision and Attention to Detail.  

    The key to manufacturing excellence at Ariel is our ability to control the process, not from the top, but from within the organization. Each Ariel employee is encouraged to share in the process of continuous improvement. Manufacturing innovations often come from the production floor and become part of the culture that has made us the leader in the industry.

    Every year we invest heavily in the development of our facilities, the acquisition of new machine tools, and in the training of our manufacturing workforce. Our clean, climate-controlled factory is part of the Ariel quality control process; worker comfort and safety is very important, but clean facilities and consistent temperatures also contribute to maintaining precision tolerances during manufacturing and assembly.

    Ariel machinist working on an Ariel Compressor  

    A Commitment to Forging and Maintaining Lasting Partnerships.  

    We work hard to build strong, lasting relationships with our customers, suppliers, and employees. We believe in treating people fairly - the way we want to be treated. Working in tandem, from initial design through final installation, our long-term relationships ensure that every Ariel compressor is designed, manufactured, installed, and maintained to meet our high standards.

    In addition, the Ariel Global Distribution Network is integral to Ariel’s continued growth and success. With locations everywhere in the world, the Ariel Distribution Network consists of trusted Ariel Packagers and parts distribution with Ariel at the center. Strategically located Ariel Regional personnel, including offices in China and Russia, work with more than 700 distributor locations to provide a global network of parts and service support available around the clock.

    Ariel is committed to long term relationships with our customers  

    Developing Skills for the Compression Industry.  

    We have long worked closely with the oil and gas industry, from distributors to end-users worldwide, and we have engaged with the public about what we do. We recognize the importance of education and training for the continued growth of the industry, and we know that a professional workforce, knowledgeable about the natural gas industry and its associated technology and equipment, is essential for the future of our industry.

    We deliver on this vision by offering a number of resources and option-accordion-company-pages for technical instruction: free classes at the Ariel Training Center, domestic and international training, extensive information on the Ariel website, and access to the most comprehensive on-line basic training course in the industry, covering the operation and maintenance of Ariel compressors and the Ariel Performance Program - our proprietary compressor sizing and selection software.

    Ariel Employees working on and Ariel Compressor  

    Every Ariel Employee is Committed to Product Development.  

    True innovation requires more than just the dedicated work of skilled individuals. At Ariel, improvement and efficiency are born in the spirit of collaboration between many groups. Design Engineering, Manufacturing, Applications Engineering, Research and Development, and Technical Service all participate, and they all depend on each other to bring you the best compressors in the world. We pride ourselves on our long history of meeting challenges by approaching projects from all angles, by people with diverse experience and perspectives, using the finest technology available. This is more than an internal approach; our specialists work closely with our suppliers and customers as well: we listen to the market. We listen to you.

    Ariel Compressor Cylinder being heat treated  

    24/7- Dedication: We Are Here for You Anytime, Anywhere.  

    Our commitment to supporting our products for the lifetime of installation is still as true today as it was over 50 years ago. This has led to the creation of one of the most robust portfolios of support offerings in the industry. Our comprehensive service and support team is available around the clock with the information you need – anytime and anywhere.

    Our support includes experienced Application Engineers working with proprietary software to maximize your compressor package. After installation, our regional compressor technical experts around the world are ideally placed to assist you with keeping your Ariel compressors running strong.

    Ariel sets the standard in customer support  

    Our People and Community are Central to Our Success.  

    Our commitment to quality has always centered on our people. We’ve nurtured an environment focused on developing the next generation of industry leaders through continuous learning, innovation, and teamwork. We are particularly proud of our Engineering Co-op program, which selects talented young professionals from the region’s leading universities.

    By offering our employees a wide variety of programs and benefits, we’ve encouraged wellness, education, and pride. Through these efforts we have cultivated a skilled and dedicated workforce, producing the finest compressors in the world.

    Ariel's Biggest Asset is the People  

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