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Hitachi Global Air Power Donating Purple Sullair 185 Portable Air Compressor to Benefit ARA Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association

By Jennifer Ohlinger - Released on February 1, 2024
Hitachi Global Air Power Donates Sullair 185 Portable Compressor to the ARA Foundation auction

MICHIGAN CITY, IND. (February 1, 2024) – Hitachi Global Air Power US, LLC, an industry leader in innovative compressed air solutions since 1965, announced it will donate a purple, Mardi Gras-themed Sullair 185 Series Tier 4 Final Portable Air Compressor to the ARA Foundation Charity Auction. Hitachi Global Air Power will make a separate $10,000 charitable donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of Alzheimer’s research and awareness.

Over the past several years, Hitachi Global Air Power has proudly stood by the ARA Foundation, championing their invaluable work supporting the rental industry,” said John Randall, Hitachi Global Air Power President and CEO. “We have also taken the opportunity in recent years to tie this support to other deserving charities close to our hearts. This year, we’re honored to contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association, an organization renowned for its research, advocacy work and unwavering support of families facing the challenges of this disease. Our dedication to these causes is more than a gesture – it’s a reflection of our values, a belief in shared responsibility and a strong commitment to our community.

The annual ARA Foundation Charity Auction is held in conjunction with the American Rental Association’s (ARA) trade show. This year, the auction will be held February 20, 2024 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the La Nouvelle Ballroom, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Online, early bidding begins February 1. This year’s Mardi Gras-themed purple portable air compressor is valued at $25,000 and features hand-written notes and remembrances from employees who support the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to the donation of the purple compressor to the ARA Foundation, Hitachi Global Air Power will donate $10,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association to help support the organization’s mission of providing support to Alzheimer’s patients and their families as well as funding Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

We are so grateful to Hitachi Global Air Power for their commitment to the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia," said Natalie Sutton, executive director, Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter. "This disease affects everyone, including the business community, and partnerships like this are crucial to our mission. Their generosity will help us raise awareness, fund critical research and continue to provide free programs and services for all those affected.

2024 is the sixth year Hitachi Global Air Power has donated a Sullair 185 portable compressor to the ARA Foundation auction and the third year the donation has been tied to an outside charity. These donations have resulted in the ARA Foundation raising $110,000 through their charity auction. Additionally, Hitachi Global Air Power has contributed $30,000 to outside charities.

The Sullair 185 Mardi Gras-themed compressor is powered by a 49 hp Perkins 404F-E22T diesel engine. The unit delivers 185 cfm of air at 100 psi and is the most popular Sullair compressor for rental companies. The 185 Series compressors are often used in applications such as construction, mining, and landscaping.

Visit the Hitachi Global Air Power/Sullair booth (#3913) at the 2024 ARA Show in New Orleans. Learn more about the company’s full line of Sullair portable compressors and see the one-of-a-kind Mardi Gras-themed portable compressor on display. 

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NW Indiana Times
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LaPorte County Herald Dispatch


About Hitachi Global Air Power US, LLC

We build the machines that power industry. We are Hitachi Global Air Power, a leading global industrial compressed air manufacturer. Headquartered in Michigan City, Indiana, our compressed air solutions power manufacturing operations all around the globe; from food and beverage, to pharmaceuticals and computer chips. Our portable compressors provide the air power to build roads and bridges, lay pipelines and aid in oil and gas mining and production.

As part of Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd., Hitachi Global Air Power operates ISO 9001 certified factories in Michigan City, Indiana and Suzhou, China, and sales offices strategically located in Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and South and Latin America. Through brands Hitachi, Sullair, and Champion (Australia), our machines have provided legendary reliability, durability, and performance for more than 57 years.

Our global network of engineering and quality experts are building next generation, highly efficient and environment-forward compressed air solutions in direct response to customer need.


About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers' and society's challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” - supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” - contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” - connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit


About the ARA Foundation

Founded in 1976, The ARA Foundation is an educational resource for the portable rental industry. The charitable organization sponsors scholarship programs, disaster relief, technical training grants and professional development.

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