IFP Company History

IFP Group of Companies


IFP History


Iowa Fluid Power


Iowa Fluid Power (IFP) was established in 1972 as a distributor of Double A, Hydro-Line, and Versa components for industrial customers. Though the company was originally named Fluid Control Products of Iowa, founder Don Kaas shortened the name to Iowa Fluid Power two years later. The company grew quickly through the seventies and by 1980 had partnered with Sun Hydraulics and Hycon Corporation to distribute mobile components around the state. As the business prospered, IFP outgrew its original location in Northwest Cedar Rapids and moved the corporate headquarters to its present location on the northeast end of town. Service was soon added to the western part of Illinois with a satellite office in the Quad Cities. A sister company called Fluid Tech Inc. was formed to support a major mobile account that moved from Cedar Rapids to South Carolina. All of a sudden IFP wasn't just an Iowa company any more. IFP's territory soon expanded into North Carolina and Virginia.




In 1992, Electro-Hydraulic Automation (EHA ) was formed to design and build power units for customers in Iowa and Illinois. It was originally headed by Don's son, Jim Kaas. It quickly grew to become a trusted design, prototyping, and manufacturing company serving fluid power needs for companies across the Midwest United States. EHA is located on the same property as the IFP headquarters and shares its warehouse, manufacturing, and testing areas with IFP. In 2000, Fluid Tech Inc. on the East coast was sold to Carolina Fluid Components. Its employees were rolled into EHA which continued to design and manufacture power units and turnkey fluid power systems.


Innovative Fluid Power


During the 2000's, IFP formed the Innovative Fluid Power companies to service customers outside the Iowa and Western Illinois markets. Each Innovative Fluid Power location includes a sales staff and fully-operated warehouse to support customers in their respective territories. While each location operates independently, all Innovative Fluid Power locations share the vision of IFP and receive the benefits of working with EHA in Cedar Rapids to implement mobile and industrial applications across the Midwest.


Innovative Fluid Power North is based in Minneapolis and was formed in 2002. Today it serves North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
IFP North


Innovative Fluid Power West is based in Olathe, Kansas and serves the Kansas City area and was formed in 2003. Its current territory includes Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
IFP West


Innovative Fluid Power South is based in Houston, Texas and was created in 2011. Its current territory includes Texas and Louisiana.
IFP South