In 1980, the company bought a branch of air devices and expanded its operations in Bristol. In 1984, the company changed its name to Air & Hydraulic Equipment, Inc. During the mid-1980s, the company bought two smaller businesses in Memphis and opened a branch office there. At about this same time, the company acquired Southeast Hydraulics in Knoxville and significantly expanded its branch office there.
From the mid-1980s to early 1990s, the company’s owners explored several exit strategies. On September 3, 1992, the company established the ESOP. During 1997, the company discontinued operating the Cookeville location as a subsidiary corporation (A&H Systems) and is currently operating Cookeville as a branch location of the company.