In May 1980, Jack Barbee decided to retire and sold the business to Bill Wilkinson, a local Southern California businessman and a USC Alumnus. Bill’s focus was to grow Barbee by venturing into other areas of industrial distribution. Along with his staff of engineers, Barbee started building Valve Testers for the Navy and local Shipyards. By the early 90’s Barbee’s presence was known to valve manufacturers and repair shops and it’s market share for affordable, quality-built testers grew exponentially.
By the summer of 2014, Barbee moved into their new state of the art facility located in sunny San Diego County. This new remodeled facility was built with state of the art manufacturing in mind. Barbee’s focus has been building custom built test stands with the customer’s specific needs, whether it is a small portable valve tester, or a large, 2000-ton tester that weighs over 85,000 lbs, we can accommodate you! Please stop by and visit us and make it a vacation holiday in sunny San Diego, California!