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Veterans Day

On November 11, 2019 the country celebrate Veterans Day, a day with the purpose of honoring those who have scarified so much to help our country. Equipment Development Company is incredibly proud to be an American manufacturing company, and extremely proud of the employees we have that have served.

Our family-owned manufacturing company was co-founded by two veterans, Ed Harding was an Army veteran that fought in World War II in Europe and earned a Bronze Star for his service. Leo Swan was a Navy veteran of World War II, and was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean to guard against attacks during the war.

EDCO currently has nine employees who served in the military before their time working for our manufacturing company. To honor those employees, our Vice President of Operations Jason Stanczyk presented each employee with a certificate showing our gratitude.

Our Vice President of Operations Jason Stanczyk presenting each employee with a certificate showing our gratitude.

EDco history decades series

Continuous Improvement (The 2000s)

After the turn of the century, the society continued to evolve, which forced EDCO and other manufacturing companies to adapt to the changing times.

In the 2000s, a large faction of the American manufacturing industry faced difficult times, especially during the Recession of 2008, commonly referred to as “The Great Recession.” Even before the late 2000s, economists warned that the United States could be facing the “gutting, hollowing out and closing down of American manufacturing forever” (Benson’s Economic & Market Trends, Feb. 27, 2004).

Some American manufacturers indeed faced that reality and closed their operations or relocated them to international destinations. At EDCO, we stayed the course, stayed home, and reflected on how to react and adapt to the American manufacturing industry that we deemed to be changing, not failing.

In 2007, EDCO turned to the concept of lean manufacturing to improve our processes and add value to the customers. In our 85,000 square foot manufacturing facility, we wanted to eliminate wastes in movement and processes to ensure that we were running at an optimal production rate, which would help shorten lead times on customer orders.

In addition to shortening lead times, we began making training videos in the 2000s as a visual aid to operation and maintenance procedures for our machines. These training videos were originally sent out on DVDs with each machine, but have since been adapted to quick response codes and Youtube links to make the videos accessible while on the job site.

Leo Swan, one of our co-founders, was named to the American Rental Association (ARA) Hall of Fame in 2006 after EDCO’s continued devotion to serving the rental industry. Swan’s recognition came 47 years after he exhibited the revolutionary dual-disc grinder at the third-ever ARA convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

Leo Swan accepting his award at the 2006 American Rental Association (ARA) Show.

EDCO added and redesigned several machines in its expanding product line during the 2000s decade. Among the additions came in 2000 with a floor-stripper, which later turned into an 8” Tile Shark, to allow customers to strip away floor coverings. Core drill rigs were added in 2007 to give customers the opportunity to core out concrete for applications including installation and plumbing.

Literature advertising EDCO’s Tile Shark

SolidWorks

SolidWorks is a computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) program that allows us at Equipment Development Company – EDCO to perform a number of tasks easier than ever before.

Since adopting SolidWorks in late 2015, the program has become one of our most versatile and optimal options, allowing us to do more with design, manufacturing, training videos, creating content for marketing and creating technical documents.

We first learned of the impact that SolidWorks could have when EDCO became involved with contract fabrication through our EDCO Fabrication division, and we noticed other companies using the program. Since then, SolidWorks, one of the industry standards for CAD and CAE, has become a crucial part in many areas of our operation.

Design:

Our drawings are now done almost primarily on SolidWorks. Our technical department used the program to draft each part that we manufacture in house at EDCO. The drawings are complete with a SolidWorks rendering, specific measurements and specifications.

Manufacturing:

Using those drawings, our staff on the manufacturing floor has access to detailed drawings that serve as a guide for them. With precise measurements, tolerances, angles, etc. our manufacturers use their equipment – such as our fabricating laser, press brake or machining equipment – to fabricate the product to the necessary standard.

Training Videos:

Our customers are also benefiting from EDCO’s use of SolidWorks. We’ve been remaking our training videos with SolidWorks to continue providing important information about operation and maintenance.

These new SolidWorks videos allow EDCO to use renderings of our equipment to give viewers looks inside the machine at places a camera would not be able to access. These new angles available through SolidWorks are very beneficial to helping our customers understand the machine inside-out.

Marketing:

EDCO-s Magna-Trap Dual-Disc Floor Grinder rendered in SolidWorks

Our marketing team also uses SolidWorks to create visually-capturing content for e-blasts and other digital content. These unique looks at our machines are something we take pride in and go far beyond what we were able to provide before using SolidWorks.

Technical Documents:

SolidWorks also helps our team at EDCO produce important technical documents for our machines, such as parts lists and machine breakdowns. By using SolidWorks, we can use diagrams to help our customers even further.

Problem solving with edco

The Problem: Tile Removal

The Solution: EDCO’s 8” Manual Floor Stripper (TS-8)

EDCO’s 8” Manual Floor Stripper (TS-8) in action

Looking over a floor with old tile that needs replaced can bring up thoughts of a daunting task that is ahead. Some people start thinking about the bending they’ll have to do to use a hammer and chisel to chip away the tile. Others may consider where they might find a floor scraper to accomplish the job.

Those methods, while effective, are not friendly to your body or to the time it takes to accomplish the job -- especially when working on a large area of floor.

Tiles are bonded to the subfloor with adhesive materials such as mortar, mastic or thin-set. Those materials require a person to use a bit of force to lift the tile from the subfloor with the hammer and chisel, and with the floor scraper.

EDCO’s 8” Manual Floor Stripper (model TS-8) is appropriately nicknamed the “Tile Shark,” because of its ability to eat away tiles. Instead of the operator using all the force to remove the tile, the TS-8 uses an oscillating blade-drive system to remove the floor covering easily and quickly. The operator only needs to guide the machine, and push it through the material.

The TS-8 is ideal for removing vinyl tile and linoleum tile. The machine can be used on both concrete and wood surfaces, and removes approximately 200 square feet on vinul per hour -- making those large-area jobs less time consuming.

EDCO’s 8” Manual Floor Stripper (TS-8)

For ceramic tile, EDCO offers a line of chisel scalers that are the optimal machines to use. The chisel scalers provide a rapid, hammering action to chisel away the material at a rate of 200-300 square feet per hour (depending on the model).

Both of those options offer the operator a much more comfortable working position than the aforementioned options where the person is doing much of the heavy labor.

Our home - Frederick, md

Olde Mother Breweing Co.

Keith Marcoux and Nick Wilson knew each other in high school, but lost touch for about 17 years when both went separate ways after graduation. After serving in the military, Marcoux returned and began working in commercial heating and air conditioning.

A service call for heating and air conditioning brought Marcoux to Wilson’s place of work, and the two reunited there. Little did they know at the time, that service call would alter the direction of their lives.

Marcoux and Wilson caught up with one another, and shared an affinity for craft beer and home brewing. With their shared interests, the pair began hanging out.

Suddenly, Wilson suggested opening a brewery.

The two began with a business plan, and opened Olde Mother Mother Brewing Company about 18 months later. Since debuting in Frederick in October 2015, Olde Mother has grown out of its original space and into a larger location in the city.

“Taking that first step, it’s scary for anybody,” Marcoux siad. “But we’re go-getters. We just buckled down and made it happen.”

Olde Mother started in a location that was formerly a family diner. In all, the original space was about 1,800 square feet. The tasting room was approximately 700-800 square feet of that total, and the brewhouse made up the rest.

In the early stages, both Marcoux and Wilson kept their full-time jobs, and the brewery was only open three days a week. On those three days, both co-founders would work their full-time jobs and then work at the brewery afterward, making for some long days at the start.

At least one of Marcoux and Wilson were behind the bar at all times then, and each started to notice the regular customers that started to develop in the tasting room.

As business continued to pick up, there was a choice to be made about their jobs. Marcoux left his job and started full-time at the brewery in January 2016, a few months after the opening. And Wilson followed suit a little over a month later.

““We just realized things were taking off. So we could have harnessed it and really put 100 percent into the brewery, or stayed with our jobs and kind of have that security blanket of income and whatever else,” Marcoux said. “But we just knew that if Olde Mother was going to be a thing, and be something that we wanted it to be, we needed to go hard at it.”

When the brewery started in earnest in 2016, the vision continued to take shape.

Marcoux and Wilson opened the brewery in part because of their passion for craft beer and brewing, but also because they like socializing and meeting new people.

Pursuant to that, the seating in the tasting room was designed to include large, community-style tables and benches. Those tables would encourage people to sit with others and begin forging new relationships over a drink.

“We definitely have the mindset of brewing quality products,” Marcoux said. “But we primarily wanted to open a business because we’re social and we like meeting new people, and the brewery allowed other people to come in and meet.”

Business continued to grow, and suddenly the confined former diner was too small to continue operations there. So in the summer of 2017, Marcoux and Wilson moved operations to a larger space, which made for a larger tasting room and a larger production area.

With the larger production area, Olde Mother has started to brew other products to go with their original line of beers, which includes a very popular Impressionist IPA. In the 12-barrel set-up, Olde Mother has started to brew traditional German recipes and barrel-aged sours.

In the summer of 2019, Olde Mother opened a new event area at their new location. The 4,000 square feet area fits approximately 200 people and includes another bar. The hope is for the space to attract musicians to perform, and to open up the possibility for other larger-scale events.

”We wanted to create a big space to do some big things every now and then,” Marcoux said. “Just have some cool experiences for people that live in the city to come and enjoy.”

There’s no ironic story about the meaning of the name “Olde Mother.” Marcoux and Wilson simply sifted through a list of trademarks and struggled to find many good available names.

Suddenly, Olde Mother emerged as a possibility, and the two ran with it — much like the pair ran with the original idea to open a brewery, and transformed a business plan to a successful hub for craft beer and community interaction.

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