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EDCO On the Job

Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, Florida (1998)

With the NFL season getting underway in September, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter their 22nd season playing at Raymond James Stadium, the home of the iconic pirate ship at one end of the stadium.

Since opening in 1998, Raymond James Stadium has hosted numerous marquee events including Super Bowls, College Football bowl games and the National Championship game and concerts.

In 2001, the Baltimore Ravens won their first NFL title at Raymond James Stadium with a 34-7 win over the New York Giants, with Ray Lewis garnering MVP honors. Eight years later, the Pittsburgh Steelers outlasted the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in a back-and-forth affair for their sixth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Since 1999, Raymond James Stadium has hosted the Outback Bowl, one of the college football bowl games usually played on New Year’s Day. In 2018, the stadium began hosting a second bowl game, the Gasparilla Bowl.

But in 2017, the stadium hosted the most important game of the college football bowl season: the College Football National Championship game. The tilt between Clemson and Alabama, a rematch of the 2016 title that the Crimson Tide secured, ended with a Tiger touchdown with one second remaining to cap a 10-point comeback and claim the championship.

In addition to being the home of the Buccaneers, the 65,000-seat stadium is also the site of the University of South Florida home football games.

Raymond James Stadium has also hosted concerts with famous performers such as Kenny Chesney, U2, Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

While the stadium was under construction, long before the championship performances and concerts, EDCO’s 8” Walk-Behind Crete-Planer (model CPM-8) helped to prepare the concrete foundation of the stands. With an edger attachment, the planer leveled inconsistencies in the concrete along the edge of the tiered surfaces.

Before and after the CPM-8 with edger attachment

Future events at Raymond James Stadium include the home games for the rebooted XFL league’s Tampa Bay franchise, starting in 2020, WrestleMania in 2020 and Super Bowl LV in 2021.

Employee Profile

Ed Chrisinger

Ed Chrisinger has been with EDCO for over 18 years. He started in customer service and worked in that department for 15 years. In 2016, Ed transitioned to an outside role as a Regional Sales Representative to work with national accounts.

What does a typical day of work look like for you?

Honestly, it’s all over the place. A typical day could be going around and visiting the national accounts at their store levels, visiting with their counter people, with their reps, with their store managers, talking with their services to make sure our equipment is running good. I could have days where I’m specifically calling on the stores, there could be days where I have training classes set up to go over our equipment and the accessories. My day is not your typical 9-5 type day.

What do you take pride in?

I just want to give customers the best customer support they can have and for them to know they can always call me. When you buy EDCO equipment, not only are you getting a great piece of equipment that’s going to hold up -- that’s going to last -- but what you’re also getting with it is support from the factory and from myself. You're not just stuck with the machine after you buy it. I’m going to teach your employees what this equipment does, who uses this equipment, who you should be calling on so you can get it out on rent. I try to bring EDCO as a total package to the customer so they maximize their experience with us.

What area of the country do you typically travel?

I’ve been working up and down the East Coast, but since another outside rep joined, we’ve split the territory. Now I’m covering upstate New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

What's your favorite food from your work travels?

When I was going down to the Carolinas, their Barbecue. I haven’t found any Barbecue I haven’t liked.

What's the coolest place that work has taken you?

I’ve been to a lot of job sites, but Charlotte Motor Speedway is probably the highest-profile place that we’ve been to.

What's one example of a problem you helped a customer solve?

I was down at the University of Virginia's hospital. They had all this ceramic tile taken up and they were using a floor grinder to remove thinset, and they just had the wrong accessory on there. So I came down with the PCDs and we put them on the machine. The worker, you could tell he was getting really frustrated because it was going slow for him and he just wanted production and to get through the job a little faster. Once we threw the PCDs on, he was just ecstatic because of how aggressive the PCDs were to shred through this thinset. He was like ‘you’re leaving those here. Those are not going home with you. And we’re ordering an extra set of them that way we can use these more.’ That was cool to help find a solution and just to see how excited they were because the job was going to be done a lot faster they had that right accessory.

EDCo history decades series

Going the Extra Mile (The 1980s)

EDCO's facility beginning in 1985

In September 1985, nine years after moving to Frederick, EDCO made the move to a newly built, company-owned building on Thomas Johnson Drive, approximately one mile away from the previous Frederick location. The new location was a 40,000 square foot building complete with a manufacturing floor and office space.

A year before moving to the new location, EDCO unveiled the slogan “Rental-Tough” to highlight the quality of our American-made machines and their ability to withstand the rigors of many rental jobs with little maintenance or replacements. That “Rental-Tough” phrase was added to the company’s logo in 1984, as the company turned 25 years old.

Starting in 1989, EDCO tested out a new part of their business after 30 years of serving solely the rental industry. The CONTRx line was designed to sell EDCO machines directly to contractors who used EDCO machines often. The “Rx” ending to the product line’s name was meant to represent the line being a “prescription for contractors.”

Though that part of the business was temporary with that attempt, it set the foundation for exploring similar ventures in the future.

The 1980s also saw EDCO release a wave of new machines. A four-disc grinder was released in 1980. In 1982, a self-propelled concrete planer was added to the product line. A dual-arbor saw in 1983 allowed operators to cut on either side. Professional masonry saws in 1985 furthered EDCO’s line of sawing equipment. A “Chip-Dek” scabbler, which was later referred to as a Crete-Crusher, was added in 1987 to remove, level, and texture concrete surfaces. In 1987, EDCO released a traffic-line remover to grind away existing markings on roadways. Finally, in 1989, EDCO added air spades, later called chisel scalers, to help strip away materials such as floor coverings and shingles.

1980s EDCO Machines

Problem Solving with EDCo

The Problem: Removing Traffic Lines

Traffic lines are designed to withstand heavy traffic on roadways and in parking lots over a long period of time. However, there are times when traffic patterns change and existing lines need removed to reduce possible confusion with new markings.

Common materials used for traffic lines include epoxy, paint and thermoplastic. Each of the materials are used in varying capacities, but each can survive for a number of years after application.

To remove those materials completely, grinding or planing (scarifying) the traffic line is the preferred method because of its cost, effectiveness and productivity rate.

EDCO manufactures a line of Crete-Planers that can scarify those markings.

EDCO's 8" Walk-Behind Crete-Planer (CPM-8) being used to remove crosswalk markings in a garage

Using a scarifier does, however, sometimes leaves "ghost lines," which can appear to the naked eye as a traffic line, when in actuality it's a mark from the rough surface profile created during the marking removal process. In turn, drivers may falsely perceive those markings and create hazardous road conditions.

The possibility of creating those "ghost lines" in certain areas is an important consideration to keep in mind when deciding which machine to use for the line removal.

When the job necessitates a finish that will blend in with the surrounding asphalt after removal, the Traffic Line Remover (TLR-7) is the machine designed specifically for that application.

The Traffic Line Remover erases the line while creating a feathered surface that will blend into the asphalt. The cutter accessories used with the TLR-7 features small bullet-shaped carbide bits that do minimal surface damage to the road, and last for up to 60,000 lineal feet of marking removal.

The Solution: TLR-7 with Cutter Accessories

  • 7" Working Width that grinds approximately 700-1,000 sq. ft. per hour
  • Removes thermoplastic, paint and epoxy traffic markings
  • Added side-mounted weights for extra removal pressure
  • Separate pressure control allows operator to adjust grinding pressure for changing road conditions
  • Minimum surface penetration
TR-3 Cutter Assemblies - 48 Bit (left) and 24 Bit (right)

24-Bit:

  • Aggressive removal of thermoplastic lines
  • Ideal for use on uneven, rough asphalt surfaces
  • Minimum surface penetration

48-Bit:

  • Minimum surface penetration
  • Removes paint markings
  • Removes tape lines
  • Removes epoxy markings

EDCO Holds Company Picnic at Frederick Keys Game

Each year, EDCO hosts a company event for our team members and their families. We cycle through types of events, which have included trips to amusement parks such as Hershey Park and a casino night for adults.

In August, we hosted our company picnic at a hospitality tent at Harry Grove Stadium, the home of the Frederick Keys – the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

The opportunity for an employee to throw out the first pitch was included with our booking. In the week leading up to the game, we held a contest for employees who were interested in throwing out the first pitch.

We manufactured a metal cutout with varying hole sizes that would be worth point values ranging from 1-5, with smaller holes being worth higher points. The semifinals featured about 20 contestants vying for the top five spots for the right to advance to the next day's finals.

The rules were simple: five throws from the approximate first pitch distance to accumulate the most points. In the finals, powder coating team member Brian Elgin was the last to throw and needed to score higher than 4.5 points to unseat customer service team member Ike Eichelberger from the right to throw out the first pitch. Going into his final throw, Elgin had three points and threw a 4-pointer to earn the first pitch nod.

At the game, Elgin threw a one-hopper on the first pitch. The rest of the pitching that night was far better, as the Keys and the Down East Wood Ducks (the affiliate of the Texas Rangers) engaged in a pitching dual. J.C. Escarra hit a long home run in the 2nd innings for the home team, and the Keys rode that all the way for a 1-0 win.

In the stands, our employees and their guests enjoyed an all-you-can-eat spread with hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, watermelon, chips and potato salad, along with beer from Flying Dog Brewery for those of age. Kids also had access to a grassy area to throw a baseball and a fun zone with rides and entertainment.

our home - frederick, md

The Great Frederick Fair

Each September, an excess of 200,000 people flock to the fairgrounds in Frederick to enjoy a nine-day fair that includes concerts, a demolition derby, games, rides and exhibits of animals and projects from the local community.

Beginning in 1853, The Great Frederick Fair has been an annual fixture in Frederick County, and has evolved from a singular focus in agriculture to a multi-dimensional showcase of crafts, photography, craft beer, animals, among many more, with entertainment and food abound.

Local 4-Hers and other youth have a building dedicated to their projects that fit into many categories such as baking, photography, art, plants, sewing, etc. Another building gives adults the same opportunity to exhibit their own projects.

Another favorite at the Frederick Fair is the animals. Barns for cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, horses, alpacas and rabbits. Visitors are welcomed into those barns to see those animals and learn more about them. Additionally, a birthing station draws the attention of a lot of visitors who get the opportunity to learn more about animal births and even see live births.

In the Grandstand at the fairgrounds, a variety of events draw large crowds. Lonestar, Randy Houser and Montgomery Gentry headline this year's concert series at the fair. Meanwhile, the Demolition Derby pits thrill-seeking drivers against one another in beat-up cars, trucks and vans.

While the fair landscape has transformed since its beginning, the primary goal is still to foster agricultural education for local youths. Pursuant to that goal, Frederick County Public Schools gives students the day off on a Friday to enjoy free admission.