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Banjo Beginnings

In 1959 Jack Canine's passion for solving problems with high quality products began in the garage of his Crawfordsville, Indiana home. He soon moved out of his garage and established Terra-Knife, a small supply company that provided fertilizer knives to farmers throughout the United States.

As the agricultural industry continued to grow and the needs for new, innovative products were on the rise, Mr. Canine and his employees met this demand by introducing additional products to the Terra-Knife line, including ball valves and cam lever couplings. Shortly after, the company was renamed Terra-Products to better represent its broad product offerings.

In keeping with Mr. Canine's entrepreneurial spirit, the engineering and manufacturing of new products continued throughout the years, leading to the service of new markets, including many industrial applications. Mr. Canine's personal hobby and love for the banjo, and the shape of the handle of one of the company's key products, the ball valve, led to the renaming of Terra-Products to Banjo Corporation.

Banjo Corporation joined IDEX Fluid & Metering Technologies Division in 2006 to strengthen and complement IDEX's global position in delivering complete fluidics solutions to Agricultural and Industrial industries. Today, Banjo is a world-class producer of a wide range of mechanical and electrical valves, fittings, and self-priming centrifugal pumps for agriculture and numerous industrial applications that ship to every corner of the globe.

World-Class Production

Banjo employs an array of molding presses, numerous machining and assembly cells, and an optimized logistics system empowering our production and shipping operations. Numerous large OEM customers entrust us with their business because we’ve proven that we deliver the highest quality products, on time.

  • 36 plastic injection-molding presses
  • Capacity up 17,000 valves per day
  • Over 98% first-pass yield
  • Part specification tolerances at one-ten thousandth of an inch
  • 3 day lead-times

Extensive Quality and Support Systems

It’s said in the restaurant business that you’re only as good as your last meal. Knowing this, we do everything we can to ensure we get it right the first time. Whether it’s process controls that affect how a new part fits to one already in the field or simply making sure we assemble a valve correctly, our philosophy is that we’re only as good as our last shipment.

  • Inbound material inspections
  • Multiple finished goods inspections
  • Daily management process to isolate potential issues and assign countermeasures
  • Monthly Rapid Improvement Events (RIEs) to identify opportunities for improved operations
  • In-house technical specialists at the ready to take action as necessary

Customer-Driven Innovation

Product innovation has been a Banjo hallmark since the company’s founder, Jack Canine, designed a better knife for applying anhydrous ammonia over a half century ago. Since then, Banjo has added a portfolio of thousands of products, many resulting from the specific needs of our customers.

  • Quick-change manifold systems enhance ease-of-use and versatility
  • Patented Dry-Mate dry disconnects dramatically reduce spillage
  • Electric valve product line tailored to OEM specifications
  • Hundreds of product concepts and extensions developed in tandem with our customers