Setting the Standard for HVAC Products

More than seventy years ago, Jack Ritchie set a goal for Ritchie Engineering: to become the standard by which all other HVAC hoses are measured. In the last seven decades, the YELLOW JACKET® brand has not only become the standard in hoses, tools, refrigeration gauges, manifolds, HVAC vacuum pumps and refrigerant recovery machines, it’s become legendary…

How have we done it? Through an unwavering commitment to excellence. It’s the single most important attribute in the longevity of a company. While other companies sold out, sent work overseas or lessened quality, the relentless commitment of our people has led to over 70 years of best-in-class products, first-class customer service and innovations that make the contractors’ jobs easier, worldwide. Join us for the next 70 years as we commit to changing the standard once again.


Our Mission

Ritchie Engineering Company, Inc. is a leading worldwide supplier of U.S. designed and manufactured tools and equipment for the HVAC/R and automotive industries.

We are committed to providing our customers with innovative quality products, ongoing training and education, and superior service.

We continually strive for excellence while providing a safe and healthy work environment, and developing and nurturing successful relationships through honesty, trust and respect.

Meet the Yellow Jacket management team

  • Tom Ritchie
    President & CEO
  • Kristen Ritchie
    Vice President
  • Gary Lampasona
    Vice President of Sales and Marketing
  • Neil Stewart
    Managing Director of International Sales
  • Greg Guse
    Director of Engineering
  • Paul Varhol
    Director of Operations
  • Cheryl Bates
    Marketing Manager
  • Danielle Urso
    Customer Service Manager
  • Headquarters
    Phone: 952-943-1300