Bridon has a history of helping engineers solve their hydraulic system design and engineering problems.

Founded in 2002 by two hydraulic industry veterans, Bridon Industries, Inc. provides hydraulic specific design, engineering and manufacturing solutions for small to large OEMs in the mobile construction industry. Headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota, Bridon is grounded in a unique, customer-centric approach, backed by value-added services, a strong global supply chain, and has a streamlined manufacturing process. The company prides itself in being fast, easy to work with and cost effective, even on custom orders. The resulting high performance hydraulic valves and components, perform seamlessly with existing systems and strive to continuously raise the industry’s technological and engineering bar.

Partnering to Solve Your Biggest Challenges

At Bridon, we have proven bigger doesn’t always mean better. Our small team of hydraulic valve experts has a history of generating big results.

Our Team

Brian Ward

Founder & CEO

Brian, a seasoned manufacturing professional, has degrees in Design Technology and Manufacturing Engineering, APICS certifications in MRP, JIT, and Constraints Theory and years of experience in production management in many different industries.

Craig Peterson

Vice President and CFO

As Bridon’s lead customer-engineering liaison, Craig has a history of delivering forward-thinking designs that save both time and money and improve product performance. And he does it in refreshing way that integrates well with existing engineering and
sourcing structures.

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Rick Nistler


With over 15 years of business experience, Rick brings his solid accounting and finance skills along superior analysis acumen to enhance Bridon’s strategic visions.  Rick brings a solid rock of business analytics and is charged with our financial management, our ISO initiatives and is part of our leadership team.

Michael Lachner

Senior Design Engineer

An experienced Project Manager, Mike has brought drive and accuracy to our product development process.  Certified in Fluid Power, Mike offers solutions with urgency and attention to detail.

Randy Hayes

Sales Representative

With 25 years of hydraulic equipment, systems and component supply knowledge, Randy is a tremendous resource for your sourcing and engineering team. His ability to decipher what customers really want, and commitment to only selling them what they need, wins customer praise time and time again.