Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc.

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Joe Gallagher headshot
Family Business Honoree

Location: King of Prussia, PA
Founded: 1956
Industry: Wholesale distribution
Generations: 3

Category: Medium

Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc.

Joe Gallagher
President

FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
Gallagher Fluid Seals, Inc.’s mission is to be the leading fluid-seal distribution company. To accomplish this, the company focuses on core values like integrity, dependability and accountability. These founding principles and others, such as honesty and ethical operations, have helped propel the company forward.

ONBOARDING FAMILY
Though family is important to the Gallagher Fluid Seals team, and to its legacy, the company won’t create a position for a family member in need of employment. Prior work experience isn’t a requirement, but for family members to join the staff, there must be an open position, and they must be qualified for that position.

Quick Tip: “Business comes first [and] family comes second, because the concern that I have is for the other 52 people who work here.”

CULTURAL VALUES
Gallagher Fluid Seals is about to go through a major transition, as its current president, Joe Gallagher, retires and makes way for a new leader. To ease the company into this change, the team has relied on its culture of communication. Gallagher decided to smooth the transition by addressing staff early, so that by 2017, a new generation can easily take over.

LASTING LEGACY
“The legacy that we have here is around a strong family business. We’re one of the leading food seal distributors in the country, and I think our goal is just to keep the legacy of the business going,” says Gallagher. With members of a third generation working in the company, and a whole new generation growing up, Gallagher Fluid Seals is well on its way to achieving that goal.