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Illinois Governor Visits Parr Instrument Company

Parr machinist Kevin Engebretson, and Governor Rauner continue the discussion following a general Q & A session.
Parr machinist Kevin Engebretson, and Governor Rauner continue the discussion following a general Q & A session.

Parr welcomed Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner for a tour of the company’s manufacturing and assembly departments, and hosted a Q & A session with employees.  Governor Rauner also made some brief comments to promote his vision for tax and regulatory policy intended to retain and attract small businesses to Illinois.

Belgian Ambassador Visits Parr Instrument Company

Gilles Philippart de Foy, left, Patrick Van Nevel,  Dirk Wouters, Jim Nelson, and Piet Morisse, stop to examine a Parr calorimeter during a tour of the company’s manufacturing facilities.

Jim Nelson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Parr Instrument Company recently met with Dirk Wouters, Belgium’s ambassador to the United States, Patrick Van Nevel, Honorary Consulate for the Kingdom of Belgium in Moline, Gilles Philippart de Foy, Trade Commissioner for Wallonia, and Piet Morisse, Investment and Trade Commissioner for Flanders Investment and Trade during Ambassador Wouters’ recent visit to Moline, Illinois.

The Belgium delegation visited Parr  as part of the Ambassador’s tour of the Midwest. Ambassador Wouters is interested in promoting commerce between Belgium and United States companies as well as Belgium investments in the U.S. and U.S. investments in Belgium by connecting companies that may have synergies for doing business. Moline, Illinois has a long history of Belgium immigration and strong population of Belgium people and traditions in the community.

New Automated Liquid Sampler

4878 Automated Liquid Sampler
4878 Automated Liquid Sampler

Parr’s new 4878 Automated Liquid Sampler allows the collection of multiple samples at a user defined interval without requiring the presence of an operator for sample collection. In addition, the contents of the dip tube and sample line can be cleared between each sample to ensure each sample is representative of the fluid inside the reactor at the time of sample collection.

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Myth: Parr Instrument Company has a connection with MythBusters

 Steve Lierly with the 6050 Calorimeter and 1110 Vessel that appeared on Mythbusters
Steve Lierly with the 6050 Calorimeter and 1110 Vessel that appeared on MythBusters


Parr Instrument Company’s technical expertise was requested by Discovery Channel’s MythBusters television program to help provide data for one of their myths. The myth in question was if a rocket could be fueled with gummy bears or fecal matter. The MythBusters team contacted Parr for help determining the calorific values for each potential fuel.  A calorimeter is the instrument of choice when experimentally determining the energy release of solid and liquid fuels.

Parr’s Calorimeter Product Manager Steve Lierly visited the set of the show in California to run tests with Parr’s newest calorimeter, the 6050 Compensated Jacket Calorimeter. Mr. Lierly and the calorimeter appear in MythBusters “Rocketman” episode which originally aired on February 20, 2016.

Parr April Dealer Training

Last week Parr hosted a dealer training at our headquarters in Moline, Illinois. In attendance were Md. Farid Ali (David) with Maks Trading Limited in Bangladesh, Ing. Neurin Rodriguez Romero with BioAnalytical in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Jacek Thomann, and Mr. Rafal Kuran both with Donserv in Poland.

Thank you David, Neurin, Jacek, and Rafal for making the trip to the United States to train with us and for your dedication to help support our mutual customers!

Are you interested in training? We provide dealer and customer training free of charge at our facility in Moline. Contact us for more information.

Other opportunities to meet with Parr’s Technical and Sales personnel are available by visiting us at our Trade Shows. We’d love to meet with you!

United Way Exceeds Campaign Goal in Parr Instrument Company President, Jim Nelson’s First Year as Campaign Co-Chair

United Way exceeds workplace fundraising goal
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The United Way of the Quad Cities announced that it exceeded its annual workplace fundraising campaign goal for 2015. United Way president Scott Crane along with campaign co-chairs Carrie O’Neill and Jim Nelson announced that the organization surpassed their goal of $8,750 million by raising $9,045 million during the 2015 campaign.

Parr Instrument Company was one of nine companies chosen as a Pacesetter company to jump start the 2015 United Way campaign. Parr helped provide leadership and excitement for the rest of the community to increase their giving. Parr employees participated in a Day of Caring where employees had a chance to give back to the community where they live and work by volunteering in support of United Way programs.

Jim Nelson said, “I am blown away by the generosity of Parr employees and of the many others in the Quad City community who continually donate to United Way.” Read more.

Early Parr Calorimeter on display at the University of Illinois

Parr Calorimeter at U of I
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An early model Parr Calorimeter is now on display in the lobby of the Rogers Adams Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The calorimeter dates back to approximately the 1920’s and is featured below a plaque honoring Parr Instrument Company’s founder, Professor Samuel W. Parr who taught at the University of Illinois for many years. The calorimeter display is featured in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department’s newsletter Mass Transfer.

ASTM International Committee on Coal and Coke Honors Dr. Henry (Jay) Albert

Dr. John T. Riley, Professor Emeritus – Western Kentucky University and past Chairman of ASTM D05 & Dr. Henry (Jay) Albert, Technical Director – Parr Instrument Company

ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke has recognized the outstanding service of Henry J. Albert, Ph.D., technical director at Parr Instrument Co., Moline, Illinois, with the R.A. Glenn Award.

An active ASTM member since 2005, Albert is the current D05 membership secretary and chairs Subcommittee D05.21 on Methods of Analysis. He also served a term on the ASTM Standing Committee on Standards from 2011 to 2013, for which he received a Service Award.

A graduate of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1978, Albert earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, in 1984. That same year, he joined Parr Instrument Company as a research and development chemist, and assumed his current role in 2004.

Albert is a member of the American Chemical Society in addition to ASTM.

Parr Spanish Website

We are pleased to announce that Parr Instrument Company’s website is now available in Spanish!

The Spanish version of our site is accessible at or by clicking on the Español link located in the language selector on the top of each page. Clicking on the English link takes visitors back to the English site.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our exclusive dealer in Mexico Equipar and Sandra Peréz Celis for their immense assistance in helping get Parr Instrument Company’s website translated into Spanish!

Parr Management Changes

Mike Steffenson and Jim Nelson


We are pleased to announce that Jim Nelson has been elected as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Parr Instrument Company.

Mike Steffenson remains a vital part of the day to day operations at Parr as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Steve Ciucci who has served as our Chief Operating Officer for the past 13 years has assumed the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.