Buckner & Superior Irrigation
Buckner and Superior brands have a longstanding history within the irrigation industry. Now consolidated within The Storm Manufacturing Group, these brands continue to represent the performance and reliability that have been industry standards for nearly a century.
The Buckner Company was founded by W.A. Buckner in 1912 with the introduction of a patented slow-rotation sprinkler. The Buckner Company helped revolutionize the industry with new products such as the first hose-less irrigation system, the quick coupler valve, the hose swivel, and the sand-resistant bearing and cam-drive sprinkler. The famous Pebble Beach Golf Course was an early site of Buckner’s innovative automated irrigation systems. The Buckner Company became part of Storm Manufacturing Group in 2000.
The Superior Controls Company, founded in Valencia, California by Allen and Powell Greenland, introduced the first diaphragm-operated remote control valve to the irrigation industry. With its extensive line of brass control valves, adaptors, and Sterling controllers, Superior has become a name known for quality and durability. Superior products are used today in a wide range of applications that include residences, municipal parks, sports fields, golf courses, nurseries, greenhouses, and agricultural fields. The Superior Controls Company became part of Storm Manufacturing Group in 2006.
Together, the Buckner and Superior brands continue to offer quality solutions for a wide range of irrigation needs. Our promise is to offer a reliable and affordable product accompanied by unmatched service and support.
Storm Manufacturing Group
Storm Manufacturing Group is a leading supplier of manufactured products that are sold into a variety of applications that include irrigation, water drilling, compressed air, and other industries. The firm is distinguished by a longstanding reputation for high-quality products, technical expertise, and exceptional service to its customer base, resulting from many years of experience in its markets.
Storm Manufacturing Group exists as a result of the consolidation of three highly-regarded manufacturing companies:
- Buckner Company, a manufacturer of irrigation products to markets including golf courses, municipal parks, sports fields, agriculture, and traditional turf irrigation
- Superior Controls Company, a manufacturer and pioneer of valves and controls in the sprinkler automation industry
- Kingston, a manufacturer of hydraulic and air valves serving industries that include compressed air, floor cleaning, automotive, medical/dental and food services
The history of Storm Manufacturing Group dates back to the infant stages of the irrigation industry, when Walter Storm founded the Western Brass company in Los Angeles in 1932. His company developed and manufactured irrigation and water products for many of the landscape irrigation industry pioneers. Over the years, the Storm family of businesses has manufactured quality products under the brand names of Western Brass, West Ag, Imperial, and Western Raintrol. These businesses have evolved to become what is known today as The Storm Manufacturing Group, proud parent company for the Buckner, Superior, and Kingston brands.