History of the Sterlco®
Temperature Control Unit

Sterling and the Sterlco® brand have a rich history, dating back to 1916. The company was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the initial focus on servicing the growing steam heating market, which evolved into offering temperature control systems for various industries, including the plastics industry, printing, packaging, medial, die casting, converting and many more. As the industry leader, Sterling provides the largest line of process heating and cooling TCU's on the market. Count on Sterling to bring you all the technologies you need to increase uptime, energy efficiency, and performance in your operation.

Sterling has been an innovator in the industry for over 100 years. Mold temperature control units continue to be called "Sterlcos" because when you bring such an important product to market, the name sticks.

Learn more about our journey in the timeline below:

1916 - Sterling Engineering Established

1916 - Sterling Engineering Established

In 1916, Sterling Engineering was established as a company with a corporate mission of controlling heating temperatures. The initial focus was on servicing the growing steam heating market with products such as radiator valves, condensate tanks, and boiler feed pump systems.

1933

1933

1933 Sterlco Heating Specialties Literature

1947

1947

In 1947, Sterling enters the plastics market by supplying pumps and valves to local automobile manufacturers for controlling the temperature for injection molds.

1947

1947

The modern Temperature Control Unit that is used today started by combining basic pumps & valves. Nobody could have imagined the pumps & valves would eventually become an integral part of controlling temperature in many different manufacturing processes.  

1950

1950

In 1950, Sterling introduced the 6000 Series packaged Mold Temperature Control System.

1964

1964

Sterling introduces industry's first compact single zone Temperature Control Unit and introduces newly engineered 7000 Series Temperature Control Systems.  

1979

1979

In 1979, adding new technology for improved part quality and productivity; Sterling introduces the 8000 Series line of Temperature Control Systems.

1980

1980

Sterlco Literature Circa 1980's

1980

1980

Sterlco Literature Circa 1980's

1985

1985

Sterling introduces first proprietary digital controllers for its Sterlco line of Temperature Control Systems.  

1989

1989

Sterling Engineering Team Circa 1980's

1992

1992

Sterling launches the new state-of-the-art 9000 Series Temperature Control Systems, designed for High Temperatures up to 550°F.

1999

1999

Sterling introduces the Royal 2000 Series Temperature Control Systems.  

2006

2006

Sterling's booth at the 2006 National Plastics Expo

2000's

2000's

Continuing the legacy of building the world’s most reliable Temperature Control Units, Sterling launches the TC100 series of Temperature Control Units. Providing 3 product offerings with advanced options and intelligent features. The TC130 Series features the latest innovations and increased options such as Pressure Adaptive Technology & Cascade Control eliminating common issues customer’s face in

2016

2016

Sterling Engineering Company Celebrates 100 Years of Rich History in Manufacturing.

2016

2016

Sterling invests in state-of-the-art technology center for the plastics industry located in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Our goal is to provide a customer showcase for our products, a research and development facility for accelerating the release of new products, and a training area for our business to ensure a strong future for talented workers.

2018

2018

Continuing the legacy of building the worlds most reliable Temperature Control Units, Sterling launches the TC100 series of Temperature Control Units. Providing 3 product offerings with advanced options and intelligent features. The TC130 Series features the latest innovations and increased options such as Pressure Adaptive Technology & Cascade Control.

2020

2020

Sterling continues to innovate in the Temperature Control category, providing customers around the globe with heat transfer and cooling solutions.

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