Who We Are

At Franklin Automation, we are focused on providing  fluid power and automation services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

With a variety of offerings to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There’s much more to come!


In response to a flurry of requests from several influential fluid power manufacturers of the day to fill a void in the Memphis market, in June of 1969 Franklin Engineering was founded. Three members of the Franklin family (Robert, Cornell, and Richard) decided to take a bold step and liquidated as many of their assets as possible in an all or nothing gamble to form a company to serve the fluid power industry.

Originally, Franklin was formed to offer pneumatic and hydraulic components but, over the past thirty years the company has evolved into a distributor of fluid power components and systems, as well as, electronic machine, automation, motion controls and robotics.

The company has increased its size substantially both in terms of employees and office space. Franklin was founded and operated by three people and has expanded into an over 40 employee venture operating out of four branch offices. Now at its third physical location, the company has actually expanded its 3844 Watman location three times to accommodate its corporate operations as well as changed its name to Franklin Electrofluid Co, Inc. Over the years Franklin has opened a branch office in Fort Smith (1990's), as well as, acquiring AHC in Jackson MS (1997), and the Weston Company in Louisiana in 2000. In the end of 2015, the company changed its name to what it is today, Franklin Automation Inc., to better illustrate the innovative and technical offerings and the scope of industry coverage.

The original founder, Mr. Bob Franklin passed in 2016, and his wife is retired living in the Memphis area. The Franklin family still plays an important role in the direction of the company with Joshua Williamson serving as President and Shannon Williams, the oldest grand-daughter serving as Treasurer.

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Joshua Williamson

Mark Santschi
Vice President

Shannon Williams