EDCO on the job
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EDCO HISTORY DECADES SERIES
OUR BEGINNING (1959 & 1960S)
While working as a salesman at Rental Tools & Equipment Co. in Silver Spring, Maryland, Leo Swan repeatedly fielded the same request from customers in the growing rental industry on the East Coast: a machine to resurface large areas of concrete.
Swan and his two colleagues, John Doran Sr. and Ed Harding, made the decision to develop a dual-disc grinder that would meet this desperate rental demand, thus Equipment Development Company was born as a division of that Silver Spring rental store in 1959.
Swan often says, “EDCO was born out of necessity.” Harding designed and built the original dual-disc grinder; with that, the rental industry would never be the same.
They took the original dual-disc grinder to the third-ever American Rental Association (ARA) Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, where they displayed and demonstrated the new machine and its capabilities. There, Swan sold 18 dual-disc grinders without having any idea of how the new operation would fill those orders.
Upon returning to Maryland, the three employees worked long hours to make headway on those orders. After six months, those 18 grinders were all built and delivered.
In 1961, as the EDCO division grew, EDCO moved to a building on Garfield Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland.
After moving into that new building, EDCO built other machines that diversified its fleet of equipment. Throughout the 1960s, EDCO unveiled its first concrete planer (1961) – which was originally built to remove high concrete around drains on runways at the newly constructed Washington Dulles International Airport – the concrete saw (1961), power trowel (1964) and masonry saw (1969).
It didn’t take long for EDCO to explore business opportunities with international customers. Those explorations began around 1964 with Swan taking machines to exhibit at the Paris Trade Fair, where EDCO successfully established a presence in France, and at the Berlin Fair. By 1967, EDCO was selling to countries all over the world, including: Belgium, Greece, Korea, Norway and Peru, among many others.
Problem Solving with EDCO
Removing Sidewalk Trip Hazards
As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, sidewalk trip hazards are any vertical change of 1/4 inch or more at any joint or crack.
Removing sidewalk trip hazards is important for the safety and accessibility standards that pedestrians assume will be available on walkways.
Generally, there are two methods to eliminating the hazards: completely replacing the peaked concrete or using a concrete scarifier/ planer to level the slabs without removal.
Completely replacing the uneven slabs involves digging out the impacted area of sidewalk until reaching bare ground. That method is effective because it allows workers to fix any issues at the surface level that caused the concrete to rise or sink.
Concrete sidewalk installation typically occurs on top of soil, which can naturally shift over time with moisture and evaporation. As those shifts take place at the surface, the concrete also begins to shift and become uneven.
But while this method eradicates the issue at the source, it’s also expensive and time-consuming to complete the task. An overhaul of a portion of the sidewalk is also inconvenient for pedestrians that won’t be able to access that part of the walkway until the concrete is cured.
For a cheaper and time-effective solution, using a concrete scarifier or planer is the optimal option. EDCO’s 8” Walk-Behind Crete-Planer®️ (model CPM-8) levels out the slabs and leaves a textured, non-slip surface.
With this option, workers aren’t accessing the surface to assess any issues at the foundation, but oftentimes servicing the ground isn’t necessary. Instead, the carbide cutters on the planer’s drum grind down the trip hazard for a long-lasting solution.
EDCO's 8" Walk-Behind Crete-Planer (CPM-8)
CPM-8 Training Video
Also ideal for: removing concrete coatings, floor cleaning and preparation, surface leveling, traffic line and marking removal, and creating non-slip surfaces
- Planes approximately 350-500 square feet per hour at 1/8" depth per pass
- Removes traffic lines at 800-1000 lineal feet per hour
- Electric or gasoline power options
- Heavy-duty 7-gauge frame built for long-lasting performance
- Variable depth settings that provide greater control of surface removal
- Easy drum loading to change drum set-up quickly
- EDCO's unique engage/disengage lever raises and lowers the drum without losing depth setting
- Vacuum ports standard for dust-free planing (water options also available)
- Optional edger assembly for planing to get within 1-3/4 inch of any vertical surface
- Drum accepts both carbide and steel cutters to qualify the CPM-8 for multiple applications
- Drum shaft easily removes to access the drum
- Power source of the machine is strategically located above the drum to eliminate vibration and maximize surface contact
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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CULTIVATES CITY’S BUSINESS CLIMATE
While the city of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development doesn’t directly create jobs, it commits time into making Frederick an attractive destination for new businesses and to making it an area where existing businesses can prosper.
“Our role is trying to make Frederick a great place for businesses to want to invest in,” Economic Development Director Richard Griffin said. “We’re creating the playing field, but it’s the private sectors that are making the investment and creating the jobs.”
Currently, over 3,500 businesses operate within Frederick’s city limits. While the target industries of Frederick include advanced technology, bioscience, professional services, and tourism and film, the city plays host to a wide variety of business types and sizes.
Small businesses and large businesses alike are afforded the opportunity to begin and thrive in Frederick with the department’s commitment to providing the necessary land, utilities and workforce. The workforce, which derives from the city and its vast surrounding areas, is a versatile population well-trained to succeed in a number of different industries that require unique skills and specializations.
“The business cycle is very fast,” Griffin said. “A business that has an idea, they’re not going to wait for five years while you build what they need. They need the space and people in the short-term, so we have to be nimble and provide to them on a real-time basis.”
A key area to the city’s business climate is the hub of commerce, culture, entertainment and government that exists in Downtown Frederick. Revitalization efforts in the area have exceeded millions of dollars as the city focuses on keeping downtown a relevant area, rather than focusing all of its efforts on the periphery and relegating the center of the city to lesser importance.
While a strong emphasis has been placed on the city’s downtown area, the department strives to balance its efforts in every area of Frederick. With each area serving different roles for the community – including health corridors, transportation, retail and ethnic options – economic development ensures all of these components come together for the sum of the parts.
“The city as a whole is 22 square miles, and we’re incredibly proud of every square inch of Frederick,” Griffin said.
Since Griffin became involved with economic development, he has seen the city of Frederick grow by well over 20,000 people and over 700 businesses. As the area continues to grow, the department is focused on attracting quality businesses that will sustain success with long-term commitments to Frederick.
“Economic development is really about the people and something they value highly, which is their job. Providing people with the dignity of work is a beautiful thing,” Griffin said. “Building a Frederick that is diverse and has jobs at all levels is what motivates us.”