Friday, July 21, 2017

One of Our Stores is Open 24 Hours a Day!

If you visit one of our eight Parker Store locations, you will typically see that the hours of operation are 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM. But, there is one place where you can directly purchase hydraulic, pneumatic, automation, hose & fittings, instrumentation, filtration and valves at any given time. That “place” is our online e-Commerce website, was established a few years ago so we could offer our customers a powerful online source for direct Parker purchases. You can search or browse through the $150 million in Parker components, make a purchase, and have them directly ship to you in 1-2 days. There is no need to wait four to six weeks for a factory order if the item is “in-stock”. Our website is easy to navigate and gives you access to this extensive inventory.

 As for our eight Parker Store locations in Bangor ME, South Portland ME, Lewiston ME, Manchester NH, Fitchburg MA, Weymouth MA, Cranston RI, and North Haven CT, we still offer our customers over 3,000 parts and components to meet their “right now” requirements and experienced technicians for consultations. is simply another solution for OEM’s and MRO customers.

 If you have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact by email ( Meanwhile, visit and check it out!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Our Parker Stores Offer SafetyWorks Training That Could Help You Avoid Dangerous Situations

Tony Cantone

President, The Hope Group

Safety is essential when dealing with daily work pressures and can sometimes be only thought about after an accident occurs. If you are purchasing a hose or running any fluids under pressure without all the relevant information, or under little regulation, it may result in dangerous consequences. Our ParkerStores are committed to helping you maintain a safer work environment by introducing you to Parker SafetyWorks.

Parker SafetyWorks is a collection of training sessions led by qualified instructors to make you aware of the importance of following hydraulic hose and fluid system operating practices to prevent damage and/or injury. I came across a recent blog post by Parker Hannifin that explains it in detail and the importance of the training. (view blog post)

Some of the topics include:

  • Injection Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Electricity
  • S.T.A.M.P (Size, Temperature, Application, Media, Pressure)

We recently opened our eighth Parker Store in North Haven, CT. As part of our grand opening we held various seminars which included a well-attended SafetyWorks training session. Two to three times a year certified trainers from Parker Hannifin and The Hope Group will instruct these sessions at our main office in Massachusetts. Every so often, they will be held at our branch locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

If you have any questions about SafetyWorks, hydraulic hose or would like to find out if we have any upcoming training sessions, feel free to contact me at 508-393-7660 or by email. (

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Hope Group Celebrated Newly Established ParkerStore with Successful Open House & Technology Training Seminars

Donna Tibbetts

Operations & Services Mgr.

On May 10th, The Hope Group celebrated the establishment of its eighth Parker Store in North Haven Connecticut by conducting an Open House and Technology Seminars.

The open house allowed hundreds of customers to view the expanded pneumatic, automation, and sealing product lines of The Hope Group. Like all of our Parker Store locations, North Haven offers hose assembly replacement services “while you wait” as well as tube fittings, quick couplings, valves, adapters, and other industrial products. (View more products by visiting

Over 50 engineers, technicians, and operators attended one (or more) of our four technology seminars that were led by Certified Trainers of Parker and The Hope Group. The workshops included Basics of Pneumatic Technology, Making Your Power Unit More Efficient, SafetyWorks Hydraulic Plumbing Safety, and Thread ID. (View upcoming seminars on our Technology Training web page)

We look forward to having Connecticut Fluid Power’s past customers rely on The Hope Group to provide them with quality hydraulic, pneumatic, automation, and sealing products, along with our sales engineers’ industrial expertise. If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact me by email. (

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Hope Group is Proud to Introduce Its Eighth Parker Store in North Haven CT

Donna Tibbetts

Operations & Services Mgr.

May 10, 2017 will mark the official Open House and Technology Seminar event celebrating the establishment of The Hope Group’s eighth Parker Store in New England. Each of these eight locations is a stocking branch office of The Hope Group and is co-located with a fully stocked Parker Store. Our customers have come to rely on the Parker Store for that “need it now” hose, fitting, or quick coupling. We offer a “while-you-wait” express hose assembly replacement service, which makes the Parker Store your first choice for emergency repairs.

For those customers of Connecticut Fluid Power who continue to rely on them now that they are part of The Hope Group, they will find the expanded product line of hydraulic, pneumatic, automation, and sealing products to be a real advantage. The sales engineers and customer service team can provide expert component selection service and assistance with designing and building sub-systems for a wide range of industrial purposes.

You can learn more about the Technology Seminars and the Open House by visiting the website.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Parker Hannifin Celebrates 100 Years of Providing Motion Control Technologies to the World

Donna Tibbetts

Operations & Services Mgr.

Parker Hannifin, a Fortune 250 global leader in motion control technologies, celebrated their 100th year anniversary on March 13, 2017. Originally called the Parker Appliance Company and founded by Arthur L. Parker, it began to develop and move forward with the help of his business partner Carl Klamm.

The first patent that Parker acquired specifies a hydraulic device which regulates the speed of electric generators. One hundred years later, they have been granted over 8,000 patents.

“Our success is founded on fair dealing, hard work, coordination of effort, and quality products.” – Art Parker

Parker’s technologies help hundreds of thousands of customers. They have more than 300 facilities, 13,000 independent distributors, over 3,000 retail stores, and employ over 58,000 people globally. They are one of the largest motion control companies in the world and provide technologies that include aerospace, climate control, electromechanical, filtration, fluid and gas handling, hydraulics, pneumatics, process control, and sealing.

Parker will celebrate their centennial with events throughout this year to honor distributors, customers, shareholders, and others that help Parker continue to be a motion control global leader.

To learn more about the history of Parker, visit their Centennial Website. For more information on one of our ParkerStores in New England, visit our Parker Store website.

By the way, if you haven’t visited HopeDirect to purchase Parker products quickly, you really should try it. In the past few months we have added thousands of new products.


Friday, March 3, 2017

New England Parker Stores Anticipate Spring 2017 Contractor Hose Special

Drew Swanton, Parker Store Mgr.

It’s almost that time of year again when we offer our Spring Contractor Hose Special. This year we are featuring Jack Hammer Hose Assemblies and Black Premium Contractor's Water Hose at special pricing.

The Jack Hammer Hose Assemblies
Coupled with crimped universal type couplings on each end 300psi
  • Temperature Range: -40ºF to +212ºF (-40ºC to +100ºC)
  • Working Pressure: 300psi (1200psi Burst)
  • Crimped-on Universal Couplings Each End
  • RED EPDM Rubber - Stays Flexible In Temperature Extremes

Black Premium Contractor’s Water Hose
  • Temperature Range: -40ºF to +180ºF (-40ºC to +82ºC)
  • Working Pressure: 125psi (500psi Burst)
  • Crimped-on Crush Resistant Nickel Plated Brass Ends
  • Male x Female Garden Hose Threaded Couplings
  • Black EPDM Rubber - Stays Flexible In Temperature Extremes

If you are interested in receiving more information about this special (or future Parker Store specials), contact me at 508-351-2706 or email me and I will send you the eNewsletter when the special pricing begins! (

Friday, February 3, 2017

Reducing Inventory of Parker Hydraulic Hose Maximizes Profitability and Safety

Drew Swanton,
Parker Store Mgr.

As companies continue to "Lean" out their operations, it has become increasingly important to minimize inventory. While this is a good technique for improving the bottom line, it does have its downsides. When it comes to fabricating hose assemblies, manufacturers and suppliers can’t perfectly predict which parts their customers will need and when. Solutions to this conundrum include methods like custom kitting and vendor managed inventory, both of which streamline the parts ordering process. However, these solutions don’t necessarily address the concerns of companies looking to maximize floor space and profitability in an increasingly challenging global marketplace.

By minimizing the number of parts in your inventory, you also minimize the number of dollars wasted on the parts you don’t use. Primarily developed as a cost-saving measure for its customers, Parker’s GlobalCore solution simplifies your hose inventory. The family of five hydraulic hoses covers diameters ¼” to 2” and working pressure ranges from 3,000 to 6,000 PSI, which—depending on hose diameter and working pressure—are compatible with either 43 Series or 77 Series fittings and exceed ISO 18752 performance specifications.

How Inventory Reduction Can Improve Safety

By reducing the number of parts in your inventory, the potential for errors when matching parts for hose assemblies goes down with it. If your engineering and production staff are not educated on why it’s absolutely critical to use the proper fitting for your hydraulic hose, then the incompatible hose/fitting pairing can leak, fail and even result fail in serious injury or even death.

Is Global Core the Right Solution For My Company?

The cost-savings benefits I mention previously makes it a smart move for many companies. If you are not sure, customer service representatives at The Hope Group’s Parker Store branch locations can help determine if transitioning to Global Core is the right choice for you.

In preparation for our customers making the transition to Parker’s Global Core, all of The Hope Group's Parker Store locations currently stock 797-TC hydraulic hose, which delivers 6,000 PSI constant working pressure. The outside diameter is nearly 30% smaller than SAE spiral and twice the impulse life. It can be purchased at the Parker Store branch location closest to you or ordered online through the Hope Direct website. View more information on our Hydraulic Hoses.